Trial starts of new charity register search

The Charity Commission is asking for feedback on a redesign of the public register of charities in England and Wales, which has been released in beta (test) version. Created in response to user feedback, this intends to make information on charities easier to find and understand.

Improvements in the new charity search tool include:

  • key information is now more prominent, such as income and expenditure and charity contact details.
  • easier viewing on mobile phones and tablets
  • more user-friendly search filtering options
  • a new option to download filtered searches as a CSV file
  • a look and feel consistent with other services on GOV.UK

Later updates to the beta version will include additional information from charities’ annual returns, including whether a charity:

  • pays its trustees.
  • raises funds from the public and whether it uses a commercial agency to do so.
  • is a member of the Fundraising Standards Board.
  • has a trading subsidiary.
  • makes grants to other charities as one of its main activities.
  • has written policies on safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries, risk management, investment or conflicts of interest.
  • is regulated by or registered with other agencies such as Ofsted, Care Quality Commission and Homes and Communities Agency.

Official news release at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/charity-search-tool-your-views-wanted.

Feedback can be given through an online survey within the search tool, at http://beta.charitycommission.gov.uk/.

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