The Charity Commission has just published its latest set of statistics analysing its casework. The analysis is broken down according to the information supplied by charities on their annual returns - such as their purpose, beneficiaries, income and years on the register.
This seems to be done primarily as a monitoring process to check that the Commission is being even handed in its casework across the whole gamut of the charity sector.
The present and past statistics can be found on the Commissions site here.
They give some interesting insight into the problems that charities encounter, from failure to comply with statutory reporting duties (some 1172 cases opened in the last year) to more serious breaches of charity law calling forth monitoring (435 cases) or full blown investigations (187 cases).
From the statistics it appears that older charities are more prone to have problems than newer ones - with 64% of the compliance issues and 33% of the monitoring cases being related to charities over ten years old - perhaps a reflection upon 'we have always done it this way' not necessarily being the 'right way'....
The size of a charity seems to have less impact than its age. Though charities with incomes over £500k make up 42% of the compliance cases, there is a fairly equal spread across the other casework categories, Small charities, with turnovers under £25k, which you would perhaps expect to be well represented due to capacity issues in meeting the regularity requirement, form less than a fifth of compliance and less then a tenth of investigation cases, though they do form a quarter of all monitoring cases.
But perhaps what the statistics most suggest is that all charities, serving all types of beneficiaries and working in all different sectors are prone to experience difficulties in complying with charity law at some point. This is nothing to be ashamed off, as long as the problem that caused it is addressed to prevent non compliance turning into monitoring and a full blown inquiry that carries sanction.