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Complainant Name:
Mr Patrick Lethaby

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Wandsworth Borough News

Complaint:

Mr Patrick Lethaby of Wandsworth Oasis Trading Co Ltd complained that articles in both newspapers reporting that the company was under investigation by the Charity Commission contained inaccuracies. First, the complainant said that the reference to a branch of Wandsworth Oasis in Earlsfield was incorrect, as this shop had closed some years earlier. He also raised concerns that the articles had detailed that the company had £34,555 of “other establishment expenses”, and made clear that the company’s auditor was able to account for the money. Finally, the complainant indicated that the Charity Commission had not found any evidence of wrongdoing in its investigation.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved by the publication of the following clarification in the Wandsworth Guardian:

A recent article (Wandsworth Borough News, September 10- Aids Charity Shop Under Investigation, Wandsworth Guardian, September 11- Where’s the Money Gone?) reported that Wandsworth Oasis Trading Company was under investigation by the Charity Commission. In that article we referred erroneously to a branch of Wandsworth Oasis in Garratt Lane, Earlsfield. In fact, there has been no shop there for three years. Claims that locals said that staff inaccurately suggested that the organisation was a charity did not therefore apply to this shop. Company Secretary Patrick Lethaby has also asked us to clarify that he referred the issue of ‘other establishment expenses’ to the company’s auditor, who was able to account for the money. The Charity Commission found that there was no extant link between Wandsworth Oasis Trading Company and Wandsworth Oasis Aids Support Centre, and closed its case. We are happy to clarify the matter.

Report: 78



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