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.


Within England and Wales, our responsibilities are:

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


Our strategic priorities up to 2018 are:

  • protecting charities from abuse or mismanagement
  • enabling trustees to run their charities effectively
  • encouraging greater transparency and accountability by charities
  • operating as an efficient, expert regulator with sustainable funding

Read more about our priorities in the Charity Commission strategic plan 2015-18.

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