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Big Society Network 'misused government funding'

The Big Society Network, launched as part of a flagship scheme by David Cameron in 2010, is being investigated over the misuse of government funds.

It is said the organisation was given at least £2.5 million of National Lottery funding and public-sector grants - but is now under scrutiny by the Charity Commission.

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Case 'remains open' into Big Society Network

The Charity Commission's case into the Society Network Foundation - the charitable arm of the Big Society Network - "remains open and ongoing", a spokeswoman has confirmed.

It is alleged that the organisation misused government funding and made inappropriate payments to its directors.

Our case into the Society Network Foundation remains open and ongoing.

We have received a response to questions we had relating to connected-party transactions and the use of a grant.

However this does not fully address our concerns and we are in the process of engaging further with the trustees.

We are also awaiting copies of documents that explain the grounds on which a grant was given.

– Charity Commission spokeswoman

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