We are the regulator of charities in England and Wales and maintain the charity register. We are an independent, non-ministerial government department accountable to Parliament.
Which government department is responsible for the Charity Commission?
What is the Charity Commission? The Charity Commission is the regulator of charities in England and Wales. Funded directly by the Treasury, we’re an independent regulator, specifically exempt from Ministerial control and constituted as a non-ministerial government department.
Where is the Charity Commission based?
The Charity Commission answers directly to the UK Parliament rather than to government ministers.
Charity Commission for England and Wales.
|Non-ministerial government department overview|
|Jurisdiction||England and Wales|
|Headquarters||Petty France, London|
Who is head of the Charity Commission?
The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has appointed Ian Karet as the Interim Chair of the Charity Commission from 27th February 2021 to 26th August 2021, whilst the appointment process for a permanent Chair is conducted. Ian Karet joined the Charity Commission Board in January 2019.
Do I need to register with the Charity Commission?
All Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) must register with the Charity Commission, regardless of their annual income. CIOs do not formally exist as charities until they are registered.
Who can prepare charity accounts?
CIOs which have either charitable or non-charitable subsidiaries must prepare group accounts under the Charities Act where the aggregate income of the group, after the elimination of all group transactions from income for the year exceeds £1 million and those group accounts will be subject to audit under charity law.
What is the richest charity in UK?
The British council had an income of approximately 1.28 billion British pounds as of March 2021, the highest income of any charity based in England and Wales. Nuffield Health had the second highest annual income as of this date at over 993 million pounds.
How do I check if a charity is legitimate?
Do check how watchdogs like Charity Navigator, CharityWatch and the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance rate an organization before you make a donation, and contact your state’s charity regulator to verify that the organization is registered to raise money there.
How much does it cost to register a charity in the UK?
There’s no fee for registering, unless you’re starting an incorporated charity, in which case Companies House will charge a small payment (usually around £13).
What powers does the Charity Commission have?
The Charity Commission regulates and registers charities in England and Wales. It produces guidance for trustees on how they should meet their legal duties and responsibilities. The Commission runs an online register of charities, which provides full information – including financial – about all registered charities.
What are the legal requirements of a charity?
to be a charity – your charity must have only charitable purposes which must be for the public benefit (‘the public benefit requirement’) to operate as a charity – as a charity trustee, when running your charity you must carry out your charity’s purposes for the public benefit.
How does the Charity Commission investigate?
Through its work, the Commission identifies and investigates apparent misconduct or mismanagement in the administration of charities, and works to resolve issues of concern. In serious cases of abuse and regulatory concern, the Commission may open a statutory inquiry.