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Disabled women’s charity chief quits amid Redbridge Council investigation

PUBLISHED: 17:39 08 August 2018

Abida Iqbal MBE. Photo: Paul Bennett

Abida Iqbal MBE. Photo: Paul Bennett

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The head of a charity supporting elderly and disabled women in the borough has resigned amid a Redbridge Council investigation into the organisation’s practices.

Redbridge Council is investigating Redbridge Disabled Women’s Welfare Association (RDWWA) following an unspecified allegation.

A council spokeswoman said: “We are unable to say anything more until [the investigation] is completed.”

The Recorder has seen a resignation email sent from former chairwoman Abida Iqbal MBE dated July 20.

It reads: “I have dedicated many years of my life to establish and support this organisation, however, I now feel that I am unable to continue in this work and will have no further contact with the group, in any capacity.”

It ends by wishing the RDWWA “all the best for the future” in supporting “some of the most vulnerable members of our community”.

The charity was founded in 1993 to aid disabled and women in the borough and then expanded into mental health and campaign issues.

In June 2017, the charity was awarded a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Ms Iqbal has not responded to the Recorder’s repeated requests for comment.

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