About us

We register and regulate charities in England and Wales, to ensure that the public can support charities with confidence.

Who we are

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.

As registrar, we are responsible for maintaining an accurate and up-to-date register of charities. This includes deciding whether organisations are charitable and should be registered. We also remove charities that are not considered to be charitable, no longer exist or do not operate.

We work across 4 sites in Liverpool, London, Newport and Taunton. Our Newport office operates bilingually in Welsh and English. We employ approximately 350 people.

Our purpose

The Commission’s purpose is a statement of what we stand for:

To ensure charity can thrive and inspire trust so that people can improve lives and strengthen society.

This purpose will inform everything we do and how we approach our work. Our 5 strategic objectives are:

  1. holding charities to account
  2. dealing with wrongdoing and harm
  3. informing public choice
  4. giving charities the understanding and tools they need to succeed
  5. keeping charity relevant for today’s world

Read more about our priorities in the Charity Commission Statement of Strategic Intent 2018 - 2023.

Find out more about our governance.


Within England and Wales, our responsibilities are:

You can read more about the Charity Commission in our latest annual report and accounts.

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