Charity Commission new web pages make charitable sector more transparent
The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has developed new web pages that make the charitable sector more transparent to the public.
Available on the Commission’s website, the new pages show:
- A graphical overview of the sector
- The sector broken down by charity income size
- Larger charities (income over £500k) divided by income source
- Top 10 charities by a number of criteria including income, spending and those with documents overdue (by income size)
The web pages are a further step towards transparency; making data readily available to the public, and encouraging accountability. It gives people the opportunity to have greater insight about the sector as a whole and the individual charities they support.
- Charitable spending in the last year was more than £48bn
- The sector’s assets are valued in excess of £160bn
- There are more than 940,000 trustees
- Of the larger charities, nearly half get the majority of their income from payment for charitable activities
- The charity with the highest total income was The British Council, with £692.96m
The web pages complement the Charity Commission’s online Register of Charities, which displays information on all registered charities. Using the existing ‘advanced search’, the public can search for charities by any combination of area of operation, income, keyword, type of activity and date of registration. Financial information is displayed graphically and additional information such as details of activities, key financial information and whether charities file their accounts on time, help to make charities more transparent and accountable.
Chief Executive of the Charity Commission, Sam Younger said;
“It is right and proper that the public are able to scrutinise how their money is being spent. Our online Register of Charities acts as a powerful consumer tool to provide information to the public and help them make informed decisions about their giving and support, and makes charities clearly accountable to their donors. The web pages allow the public to search the information we hold in more creative ways, seeing which charities are growing the fastest, and which have the most volunteers or most charitable spend. And where figures raise questions for the public, charities should be ready to answer them.”