HM Treasury / Office of Third Sector review of the future role of the third sector in social and economic regeneration

Submission by the Charity Commission
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1. It is estimated that there are between 300,000 and 500,000 Third Sectori organisations in the UK, with charities forming a major element of the third sector. The Charity Commission is the regulator and registrar for charities in England and Wales:
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190,000 charities are registered with the Charity Commission;
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a further 212,000 organisations are currently exempted or excepted from registration (including 150,000 sports clubs and 30,000 cultural or arts organisations) many of which will become eligible for registration under the provisions of the forthcoming Charities Act.
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2. The Charity Commission is also the guardian of charitable endeavour – ensuring that money given for charitable purposes is used for those purposes and that charities modernise to meet new challenges in a changing society. A key statutory objective for the Commission under the forthcoming Act will be to promote high levels of public trust and confidence in charity, and, in so doing, encourage charitable giving and volunteering. Some 900,000 people in this country are trustees of registered charities, giving their time and expertise freely. Millions more contribute their time to charities by volunteering for roles that directly carry out charities’ main purposes.