OSCR launches new probe into foodbank

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Regulator launches another investigation into controversial Glasgow foodbank  

29th February 2016 by Robert Armour 0 Comments

Scotland’s charity regulator has launched a new investigation into a Glasgow foodbank after it was stripped of Scottish Government funding.

Greater Maryhill Foodbank (GMF) has been struggling to stay open ever since its main backers stopped supporting it.

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) probed the charity last year after complaints about donations following a break-in at its premises were made.

OSCR has now confirmed a new investigation is underway.

Last week, it emerged that the Scottish Government had taken a decision to block the final instalment of a £40,000 grant to the board.

Officials said Greater Maryhill Foodbank had “failed to comply with grant conditions.”

The foodbank was given funding to provide residents with welfare and benefits advice at Maryhill and Possilpark Citizens Advice Bureau.

I can confirm that we are currently undertaking an inquiry into the Greater Maryhill Foodbank

It comes on top of Glasgow City Council pulling funding last year after the charity failed to account for expenditure.  

The investigation centred on £2,897 that Webster was given for improvements to its premises following a break-in, including a new security system.

Schools in Glasgow were also told not to support the foodbank by the council last year. 

A spokeswoman for OSCR said: "I can confirm that we are currently undertaking an inquiry into the Greater Maryhill Foodbank.

"As the inquiry is ongoing, we cannot make any further comment."

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