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“Son, if you want to get rich, set up a charity in Scotland”

I have previously written about a Scottish charity called Scotia Aid to Sierra Leone which I believe to be just a get-rich-quick scheme for its three founders.

Now we hear that this charity, which claims to help African children, is being probed by a number of councils over an alleged cash-raising scam. Scotia Aid Sierra Leone is facing numerous investigations into a controversial business rates loophole it may have been using to raise fortunes.

In the latest accounts Scotia Aid to Sierra Leone seems to have used just £137,819 of its £1,017,771 income for charitable activities while paying its three founders about £313,873 in ‘consultancy fees’. Oooopps!

Scotia Aid

(A cynic might suggest that by paying themselves ‘consultancy fees’ to companies they own, the three founders avoid punitive income tax and pay the much lower corporation tax)

One of the public bodies pursuing Scotia Aid is Broxtowe Borough Council in Nottinghamshire. It has raised civil court proceedings against the charity to recover £369,000, it claims. However, last week’s court hearing was postponed after lawyers argued Scotia Aid’s chairman, Dan Houston, 62, was too ill to attend the two-day session.

The council is pursuing Mr Houston and fellow trustees Kieran Kelly and CEO Alan Johnston over business rates relief it gave to the charity.

At present, charities can qualify for a discount of up to 100% on the business equivalent of council tax if buildings are used for “charitable activities”. But the ruling has led to an explosion in the number of businesses cutting deals with charities to take on empty – and expensive – warehouses. In return, many charities receive sizeable donations.

However, it’s an alleged “scam” potentially costing taxpayers millions in lost revenue.

Officials in Broxtowe began probing Scotia Aid around two years ago.

Sources say the charity claimed to council chiefs it was using two sites – one the size of four Hampden Parks – to store furniture it was preparing to send to Sierra Leone in containers. But council bosses grew suspicious when it applied for rates relief to store mattresses at another first-floor warehouse – even though the building didn’t have a lift. Officials visited the two sites repeatedly, often finding them empty or with a “minimum” amount of furniture stored.

Scotia Aid bosses were asked to hand over paperwork to prove how many containers they had sent to Africa, but failed to do so.

The charity has made dozens of applications to authorities south of the Border to take over empty warehouses, hundreds of miles from its base near Uddingston, South Lanarkshire.

And many councils have raised concerns about Scotia Aid’s applications for business rates relief. The sites include a former bowling alley in Plymouth and an old snooker hall in Bournemouth.

In Nottingham, the city council has instructed bailiffs to recover a bill believed to be in the region of £170,000 from Scotia Aid after obtaining a “liability order” over non-payment of council tax and rates.

A spokesman for St Helens Council in Merseyside said it “currently has half a dozen outstanding business rate liabilities for Scotia Aid Sierra Leone from 2011 to date totalling just over £30,000”. He added: “Court action has been taken in all cases but as the company is outside England or Wales enforcement capabilities are limited.”

Rushmoor Borough Council, which covers Aldershot and Farnborough in Hampshire, considered legal action to recover £240,000 but abandoned the process after Scotia Aid ended its relief deal there.

In Leeds, the charity was given a £37,000 discount on business rates between 2012 and 2013. But the deal was scrapped after it “failed to provide evidence that the building was being used for genuine charitable purposes”, a spokeswoman said.

A whistleblower who used to work at Scotia Aid said his job had been to contact councils across England to find out if there were any empty warehouses in the area. He said: “It was all just a scam to make Scotia Aid money.”

Despite growing controversy surrounding the body, it continues to be a registered charity in Scotland and hosted a glitzy fundraising ball at the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow last month, with Mr Houston in attendance. Clearly he was lot healthier then than now as he could attend the ball in September but not the court case in October.

Perhaps I should send Dan a “get well soon” card?

13 comments to “Son, if you want to get rich, set up a charity in Scotland”

  • Caratacus

    I took the liberty of posting a link to your last article about this noble charity on their Farcebook page and asked them if they had any comment to make. I was pretty quickly “unfriended” but received nothing in the way of a reply. Only the second time I’ve been unfriended … the first was to a page dedicated to bullying Hunt Saboteurs (hold no brief for HuntSabs, but I don’t like bullies either). All this rejection is most worrying 🙂

  • mike roberts

    Unfortunately the UK and Europe has changed for ever, but many have still not realised it yet Christian honesty, decency ,good values are there just to be taken advantage of.The Charlatans have taken over. Be it Merkel or Cameron or Hollande. Be it Charities, or those that have subverted and taken over the Christian church (Lesbian Swedish Archbishop that wants crosses replaced with Islamic symbols)
    All the main stream Media ,your local Councillors and councils, schools and Universities.Police the Army.
    We now live in a different world, the one of decency and trust of the majority has gone. We now live in a world of Pornography that children see and their minds twisted by it, why allow it at all there is no good in it at all just evil and degeneration of women and girls, demeaning and then people wonder why girls are attacked in the streets. I am sure there are laws that exist that are being blatantly flouted regarding the transmission of such filth.(The Uk has been trying to implement the use of Filters to protect Children from Pornography, the EU has just said that cannot be allowed and is illegal and the filters must be removed), If I watch MASH or The Avengers on TV from the 60s and 70s they get a PG certificate and a vrbal warning, how pathetic when a kid can open a computer and watch simulated Gang Rapes masquerading as Pornography.
    And yes the Charities are just preying on the good nature of those that have not yet realised that our world has changed and that some people will do or say anything to fleece you , we wont be going back to the old days so better wise up protect yourself your children and your cash because they are not safe.

    And just for those who would like to see Multiculturalism at work this video is not new migrants at work in Paris last Summer (that was not reported by the British Brainwashing Corporation or any other of the Presstitute media). This was second and third generation muslims in France showing their gratitude to their host nation.”The beatings will continue until morale improves”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ods8l8489mk

    I dont think I will be visiting Paris any time soon after my experience at CGD Charles De Gaulle Airport, in fact I think I will skip France altogether since the whole EU project was dreamt up by a Frenchman in the 1920s, it was a nightmare in the making not a dream.

  • mike roberts

    Something for us Unbelievers to worry about.

  • mike roberts

    Oh and it is suggested in that last clip that Buckingham Palace should become a Mosque. The Queen can stay if she becomes a Muslim.

  • fred

    80% OF TURKISH MUSLIM SETTLERS IN GERMANY LIVE OFF WELFARE
    Nicole, a German school teacher told me once, when she asks her students what they want to become in the future, the majority of Turkish students say, “State benefit receiver.”

    Three million Turks live already in Germany already, while 2.5 million of them have German nationality, and the majority of them are conservative Muslims.

    Very few Turks in Germany have a regular job; about 20%. The other 80% live on the so-called Hartz IV (state social benefits). 70% of their children have no GCSE; they left school before they finished their basic education.

    According to the German state benefit system, every adult citizen who possesses the German nationality, unemployed and cannot find an appropriate job, is entitled to get monthly 482 € ($627). Additionally, parents get for each child under 18 years old, 200 € ($261), plus all their monthly expenditures in terms of rent, heating, power, health insurance, and public transport.

    “Amazingly enough some Turks who live on the generous state benefits can afford to buy a house or an apartment and drive luxurious cars like Mercedes or BMW.” Says Klaus, a landlord whose tenants are a case in point.

    http://www.frontpagemag.com/point/183720/80-turkish-muslim-settlers-germany-live-welfare-daniel-greenfield

  • Paranoid?

    I speak not of the true refugees—women and children—but of the hordes of young and able bodied Muslim men; the ones shouting “Allahu Akbar!” as they barge into Europe.

    A silver lining exists in the dust cloud being beat up by the marching feet of millions of Muslim men migrating into the West: those many Europeans and Americans, who could never understand Islam in theory, will now have the opportunity to understand it through direct and personal experience.

    Perhaps then they will awaken to reality?

    The fact is, most Western people have had very little personal interaction with Muslims. Moreover, because Muslims in the West are still a tiny minority—in the U.S., they are reportedly less than one percent of the population—those few Muslims that Westerners do interact with are often on their best behavior, being surrounded as they are by a sea of infidels (according to the doctrine of taqiyya).

    And although there are a few media outlets and websites that document the hard but ugly truths of Islam, these are drowned out by the overarching “Narrative” that emanates from the indoctrination centers of the West (schools, universities, news rooms, Hollywood, political talking heads, et al).

    According to the Narrative, there is nothing to fear from Islam. If violence and mayhem seem to follow Muslims wherever they go—not to mention plague the entire Islamic world—that is because Muslims are angry, frustrated, and aggrieved, usually at things the West has done.

    Although Islamic doctrine calls on Muslims to have enmity for and strive to subjugate non-Muslims whenever possible; although Muslims initiated hostilities against and were the scourge of Europe for a thousand years, until they were defanged in the modern era; although most of the so-called “Muslim world” rests on land that was violently seized from non-Muslims; although reportedly some 270 million non-Muslims have been killed by the jihad over the centuries; and although many modern day Muslims maintain the same worldview that animated their ancestors—most people in the West remain ignorant.

    In this context—or absolute lack thereof—how is the average Western person to know the truth about Islam?

    Enter mass Muslim migrations. That is, let the barbarians at the gate in.

    When discussing Western and Muslim interactions in the modern era, it’s my custom to provide historical precedents to show that Muslim hostilities—whether hate for Christians and their churches and crosses, or whether violent lust for “white” women—are not aberrations but continuations.

    In this case, however, I have none to give. For never before in history have the peoples of one civilization been so divorced from reality as to welcome millions of people from an alien civilization—one that terrorized their ancestors for centuries—to come and dwell among them.

    The only “history” one can cite is the modern day experiences of those European regions that already have significant Muslim populations, and are taking more in.

    In Germany and the United Kingdom, crime and rape have soared in direct proportion to the number of Muslim “refugees” accepted. Sweden alone—where rape has increased by 1,472% since that country embraced “multiculturalism”—is reportedly on the verge of collapse.

    The price of the Islamic influx into Western lands is violence and chaos, in accordance with Islam’s Rule of Numbers: women and children will be exploited and raped; the elderly will be mugged; churches and other institutions will be attacked; terror will set in. Look to the plight of non-Muslims living alongside Muslims to get an idea of what is coming.

    But alas, at this late hour, such appears to be the price that must be paid for decades of willful ignorance. If the West cannot learn the truth about Islam from theory, from doctrine, from history, and now even from ongoing current events, then let it learn from up close and personal contact.

    And if after such firsthand experiences, any Western nation is still too politically correct to act in the name of self-preservation, then let it die. For it will be evident that there is little left worth saving.

    http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/260568/direct-experience-one-benefit-accepting-muslim-raymond-ibrahim

  • mike sheehan

    More from the British Bullshit Corporation:

    Your licence fee being nicely spent on little luxuries.

    Strictly Come Dancing announcer claims cocaine and ecstasy are regularly delivered directly to ‘more than half’ of BBC staff at their desks
    Strictly Come Dancing announcer Alan Dedicoat taped talking about drugs
    He claimed drug dealer delivered Class A substances to BBC staff desks
    When asked how many bought the drugs he said ‘at least 50 per cent’

    For more on the latest BBC allegations visit http://www.dailymail.co.uk/bbc

    —————————–

    Anti-terror squad seizes BBC Newsnight journalist’s laptop after he was in communication with ISIS fighters in Syria

    Secunder Kermani had been in touch with many British born extremists
    However, his computer has been confiscated under the Terrorism Act
    Police aim to access communications between Mr Kermani and Syrian
    Newsnight editor Ian Katz says using law against journalists is ‘concerning’

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3294462/Anti-terror-squad-seizes-BBC-Newsnight-journalist-s-laptop-communication-ISIS-fighters-Syria.html

  • mike sheehan

    You know its tough for some:

    Father who has been on benefits for a decade claims he is NOT irresponsible for having ELEVEN children – because it is ‘God’s command to go forth and multiply’

    Mohammed Salim, 58, has 11 children with his wife Noreen in Rochdale
    Said it is expensive to feed a big family and shopping costs £300 a week
    Relies on £27,000 a year in benefits as he hasn’t worked for a decade.

    A father of eleven who has been claiming benefits for the past ten years says he doesn’t believe in using contraception – even though he admits the government pays for his children’s upkeep.

    Mohammed Salim and his wife Noreen, 40, from Rochdale, Greater Manchester, receive £27,000 a year in child tax credits and job seeker’s allowance.

    The 58-year-old Muslim said he doesn’t believe he has been irresponsible for having so many offspring. They had their eldest son in 1991 and another ten followed, with their ages now ranging between 24 to seven years old.

    Mohammed said he has no regrets about having a large family, even though, in his words, ‘it is the government who pay for their upkeep, food and clothing’.

    And he admits the family shopping bill comes to £300 a week.

    As a result, Mohammed said would struggle if their welfare bill was capped at £500 a week as the government are currently proposing.

    He said: ‘We are feeding 13 people. £500 a week is not enough, the costs are there, we are having to stretch and stretch. Rather than going up they want to shrink them down.

    ‘Next year there will be another cap and I will lose out.’

    Along with the weekly shopping, Mohammed said they have to fork out on modern gadgets for their children as they all want iPhones.

    ‘I am the richest man in the world with these children,’ he said. ‘I have a big family, I am on benefits, there is a worry there but god always see us through.’

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3293843/Father-claimed-benefits-10-years-says-not-irresponsible-having-ELEVEN-children-god-s-command-forth-multiply.html

  • tony potts

    Traitor Peter Sutherland at it again:

    At a reception held on October 22, 2015 to honor the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for International Migration, Peter Sutherland, claimed that caps on refugees enforced by certain countries in Europe are “directly reminiscent of the type of caps that took place under the Reich [against] the Jewish population.” This outrageous comparison of good faith attempts to control the tide of mass migration from the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan to the plight of Jews during the Holocaust is aimed at browbeating European countries into putting their own citizens in danger to serve a globalist agenda.

    Make no mistake about Sutherland‘s intentions. He is not really focused on saving persecuted religious minorities from the Muslim majority countries in conflict-ridden regions, particularly persecuted Christians and Yazidis. He advocates an open border policy in which migrants leaving their countries of origin to seek better economic conditions would have essentially the same right to settle in their destination countries of choice as persecuted refugees seeking political asylum

    http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/260584/un-officials-mock-national-sovereignty-joseph-klein

    People like Peter Sutherland, Merkel , Cameron etc. are accelerating the destruction of Europe.And seem to take satisfaction from doing so.

  • richards

    Turkeys Prime Minister, you know Erdogan,Prime Minister of 72 Million Muslims a country David Cameron is falling over himself to get into the EU.

    “The mosques are our barracks, the domes are our helmets, the minarets are our swords, and the faithful are our army”

    http://www.danielpipes.org/comments/132391

    Turkish Muslims who have infiltrated many areas of Germany, turning them into ‘NO-GO’ zones for non-Muslims, now are changing the town names to Turkish ones….. apparently to ensure that no filthy kuffar (infidels) accidentally wander into their Islamic ghettos.

    Turkish associations and others recently met in the town hall to discuss the new name. Peter Kurz, the burgomeister, proposed the name “Little Istanbul”. Other suggestions included “Beyoglu” and “Kücük Istanbul”. The plan is to narrow the list of proposed names down to three then put the matter to the vote in a referendum.

    http://www.barenakedislam.com/2012/03/27/germany-muslim-colonizers-are-re-naming-their-no-go-zones/

  • henric

    Last April, police in Sicily reported that Muslim migrants hurled as many as 53 Christians overboard during a crossing from Libya. The motive was that the victims “professed the Christian faith while the aggressors were Muslim.” Another report cited a boy seen praying to the Judeo-Christian God. Muslims commanded him to stop, saying “Here, we only pray to Allah.” Eventually the Muslims “went mad,” in the words of a witness, started screaming “Allahu Akbar!” and began hurling Christians into the sea.

    It gets worse. When Christian refugees finally do make it to Western shores, they continue to be attacked by Muslims, or fellow “refugees.”

    In Muslim-majority areas of Denmark—voted 2013’s “happiest country in the world”—Christians of Middle Eastern backgrounds experienced “harassment, verbal attacks and in some cases direct violence from Muslims,” reported TV2. One Christian, “Jojo,” born in Denmark to Lebanese parents, said Muslims sometimes surround and bully her about her Western attire. When one of them noticed she was wearing a cross, he said “Well, you have a cross on—then you are also a Christian f***ing whore. Do you know what we do to people like you? Do you know what we do to people like you? You get stoned [to death].”

  • jim jones

    Just look at that Interactive map, my God a freakin disaster.

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