Charity annual returns to become ‘open data’

Data held by the Charity Commission on the annual returns of charities in England and Wales is to be made available as open data by March 2014, the government has announced. The data will give basic details, including headline income and expenditure, for all registered charities and will show how charities with an income of over £500,000 allocate their revenue across fundraising and governance, charitable activities and what they retain for future use.

Open data makes it easier for web developers etc. to re-use the content.

As pointed out in an NCVO research article (, the current version of this data already powers the charts on an individual charity’s record as shown on the Charity Commission website.