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 ambition

To be the expert Charity Commission that is fair, balanced, and independent so that charity can thrive.

Five priorities describe the Commission’s key areas of focus, as well as the steps it will take to fulfil these ambitions:

  1. We will be fair and proportionate in our work and clear about our role.
  2. We will support charities to get it right but take robust action where we see wrongdoing and harm.
  3. We will speak with authority and credibility, free from the influence of others.
  4. We will embrace technological innovation and strengthen how we use our data.
  5. We will be the expert Commission - where our people are empowered and enabled to deliver excellence in regulation.

Read the Charity Commission Strategy 2024 to 2029 for more information.

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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