Aug 14, 2017

Breast cancer helpline founder paid herself £31k

A national breast cancer charity is being investigated after its founder paid herself £31,000 in breach of charity law. Trustees cannot be paid without permission from the Charity Commission, which regulates registered charities in England and Wales. Since 2012, the charity's accounts also show that as little as 2.8% of annual donations has been spent on "Charitable activities", such as running the helpline. Gina Miller, founder of the True and Fair Foundation, wants to set a minimum threshold so charities have to spend at least 65% of income on charitable activities. The charity's shops are described as "Support centres", but when a BBC reporter visited five of the outlets, the only support offered appeared to be adverts for the helpline number.

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