As part of its commitment to transparency, the Charity Commission publishes all expenditure over £25,000 on a monthly basis.
The majority of the commission’s expenditure, about 65%, is on staff costs (salaries and wages, National Insurance, pension contributions, etc). Its remaining expenditure is as follows:
11% on office accommodation - the commission is based across four sites in Liverpool, Taunton, London and Newport. Expenditure on office accommodation includes rent, business rates and utilities. The related invoices often exceed £25k and therefore these costs appear regularly on the commission’s transparency disclosures
12% on information technology and information systems - this covers the cost of licences, hardware and software maintenance and support, voice and data networks and website, amongst other things. Some of these regular charges exceed £25k and therefore appear on the commission’s transparency disclosures
12% on general running costs, including training, travel, printing and postage and other office costs
Expenditure, in this instance, is all individual invoices, grant payments, expense payments or other such transactions that are over £25,000. Expenditure on paybill is excluded from the scope of these disclosures.