Dear Charity Commission for England and Wales,
Please provide me with an electronic copy of all correspondence between the Charity Commission and the Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham (excluding any standard circulars sent to all registered charities by the Commission) since November 1st 2010.
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Charity Commission - Wales Office -
Comisiwn Elusennau - Swyddfa Cymru - Casnewydd
Your Ref/Eich Cyf:
Our Ref/Ein Cyf: HI/ C-335619-HGHX
ASSOCIATION OF VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS IN WREXHAM - 1043989
Dear Mr Elibank
Thank you for your e-mail dated the 20 September 2011, in which you have
requested copies of all correspondence between the Charity Commission and
AVOW since 1 November 2010.
I have considered your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
and we are responding under the terms of that legislation.
I can confirm that we hold copies of the following correspondence:
1. From the Charity Commission sent to all the trustees of AVOW dated 30
2. From AVOW to the Charity Commission dated 1 September 2011
3. From the Charity Commission to AVOW dated 1 September 2011
4. From AVOW to the Charity Commission dated 20 September 2011
I am able to disclose copies of correspondence listed as items 1. 2. and
3. These are enclosed with this e-mail.
I am not able to disclose copies of correspondence from AVOW to the
Charity Commission dated 20 September 2011 ( item 4. ) because the
information contained in the correspondence you requested is exempt under
section 31 of the FOI Act, as it is information which if disclosed, would
be likely to prejudice the carrying out of the Commission's functions as
set out in section 31 (2) (c).
Those functions are: “the purpose of ascertaining whether circumstances
which would justify regulatory action in pursuance of any enactment exist
or may arise".
In the course of considering concerns raised about charities, the
Commission relies on trustees and the charity engaging in open and frank
correspondence about the issues. Were we to release this information, it
would discourage the charity and its trustees from corresponding with us
in the same open and frank way, reducing the amount of information that we
would have to work from. This would prejudice our ability to carry out our
functions as set out in section 31 of the FOI Act.
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I hope this is helpful.
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