About the Commission

The Charity Commission is the independent Government department which registers and regulates charities in England and Wales. Our role is to ensure that the public can support charities with confidence. 

Our aims

We make sure that:

  • charities know what they have to do
  • the public knows what charities do
  • charities are held to account  

How we work

We regulate charities in a number of ways, including:

  • only granting charitable status to organisations that can demonstrate they meet the criteria for being a charity
  • ensuring charities meet their legal requirement to provide information on their activities each year
  • making searchable information about each registered charity widely available
  • providing online services and guidance to help charities run as effectively as possible
  • taking timely and decisive action when there is malpractice or misconduct

Our regulatory work Find out about how we regulate charities, make registration decisions and enable charities to make changes needed to improve their effectiveness.

More information

Our status Explains how we work as an independent regulator

Our partners Explains our partnership working with other bodies representing the voluntary and community sector, regulators and other agencies

Our research Our research reports focus on a range of issues affecting charities.

Freedom of information Information about how we work, published in the interests of transparency and openness

Press office Provides a range of services to journalists and deals with all areas of the Commission's media work

Public meetings Find details of forthcoming public meetings plus agendas, papers and minutes from previous meetings

Help and advice Help and guidance if using MP3, PDF and RSS.

Careers Find out how to apply for a job at the Commission, including how we work and the rewards and benefits we offer successful applicants.