Police probe town charity

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A BARNSLEY charity is under investigation after the town’s council raised ‘serious concerns’ over its finances.

Barnsley Council has withdrawn its financial and board level support for the Barnsley Black and Ethnic Minority Initiative, claiming that it has worries over the charity’s ‘governance and financial administration’.

A spokesman said: “Barnsley Council has withdrawn its support to the Barnsley Black and Ethnic Minority Initiative.

“Serious concerns relating to the governance and proper financial administration of the organisation have recently been brought to the attention of the council.

“As a result the council raised these concerns with the police.

“Against this background and with a police investigation now under way, the council believes it has no alternative but to withdraw its support for the organisation - both financial and at board level.

“In the light of the police investigation the council will not be commenting further until that investigation is complete.

“This decision does not affect the council’s support for black and ethnic minorities which remains paramount.

“Working with partner agencies and organisations, the council will be looking at other ways to build on the work done to date.

“People within our black and ethnic communities can be assured of the council’s continued support,” said the council spokesman.

The BBMI’s website says that the initiative was formed to ‘promote good race relations and racial harmony’.

It works with other agencies, groups and organisations to ‘ensure the full involvement of Barnsley’s black and minority ethnic community in the social and economic regeneration of Barnsley’.

Nobody from the BBMI was available to comment.