Copyright statement relating to the Register of Charities
The Central Register of Charities ("The Register") is subject to Crown database right 2001. You may:
1. access the Register and download insubstantial extracts from it onto electronic, magnetic, optical or similar storage media. The repeated and systematic downloading of insubstantial parts of the contents of the Register may amount to the downloading of a substantial part of those contents;
2. download the contents of the Register for the purpose of illustration for teaching or research, providing there is no commercial purpose;
3. download all or a substantial part of the contents of the Register containing factual information of any description for any purpose which does not involve making all or a substantial part of those contents available to the public by any means.
These are the permitted uses. Any other proposed use of the Register and its contents would require a licence from HMSO. You can apply for a licence to the Licensing Division of HMSO, St Clements House, 2 - 16 Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BQ, Fax 01603 723000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
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NOTES FOR USERS:
The charity details available on the Register of Charities are updated on a regular basis as the Commission is informed of changes. This may mean that occasional inaccuracies occur. These are corrected as soon as they are drawn to our attention. The trustees of a charity have a legal duty to tell us about any changes to these details and, every year, they are sent a Register Check form, which enables them to check and update key information. If you see something that you think might be incorrect in relation to your charity, please let us know so we are able to correct the Register entry. Contact: 0870 333 0123.
When searching the Register for a particular charity or group of charities you can specify whether you wish to include or exclude removed charities from your search. The reason why the charity was removed will also be given. For example if it ceased to exist and was wound-up by its trustees it will say, "(ceased to exist)". When the Register was first computerised in 1991, the many thousands of charities that existed prior to 1960 were given a registration date of 1 January 1961. Most of these entries have now been updated to show the true date but a few still remain.
Since 2003, we have mailed Annual Returns and Trustee Update Forms to all charities for completion. Charities with either gross income or total expenditure over £10,000 are required by law to complete the Annual Return form and return it to the Commission within 10 months of their financial year end. Charities with gross income or total expenditure over £10,000 must normally also submit a copy of their accounts within 10 months of their financial year end. We ask for this information to be submitted together with the Trustee Update Form.
Charities under the £10,000 income/expenditure threshold are not required to submit their accounts to the Commission but are required to keep their Register details up to date. We ask charities with a gross income and total expenditure of £10,000 or less to complete only Part A of the Annual Return and submit this information with the Trustee Update Form.
Assistance on completing these forms can be found on our Annual Returns pages or by telephoning our Contact Centre on 0870 3330123.
Some gaps may appear on the tables if charities have changed their financial year end. The date shown against return received is the date the information was input onto the Commission's system which is normally within a maximum of 5 days of receipt.
The Commission is committed to ensuring that charities observe the rules on submission. We are pleased that overall submission rates continue to improve, but still not enough charities are meeting their 10 month deadline. If charities fail to send their financial information to us on time, details of the charity will appear on our list of charities in Default of Submission of Accounts/Returns and our Enforcement team will pursue outstanding documents. The following could also happen to charities that persistently fail to submit accounts and returns:
Charities should take seriously their responsibility to comply with these obligations. Transparency and openness in the use of funds helps to underpin public confidence, and allows funders and supporters to see how funds are used in delivering the activities of charities. The Commission considers that the inclusion of charities' mailing history on our website will enable people with an interest in a particular charity to see how effective it has been in meeting its legal requirements.
NOTE: The names of trustees shown for a charity are taken from trustee detail update forms returned to the Commission by the charity. These forms are issued once each year and the details entered onto our database. At present we do not routinely update these details other than through the update form process.
It is the charity’s responsibility to ensure that they submit accurate information. However, we recognise that the list displayed may include duplicate names. This may be because trustees have the same full name or it may be the result of different versions of the trustees’ name being submitted in the past. The Commission has an ongoing policy of "data cleansing" and is endeavouring to keep duplications to a minimum