The Charity Commission was alerted to more than 1,500 serious concerns about the management of charities in 2012/13, according to its annual report and accounts.
The document, published today, shows that the regulator opened 1,513 operational compliance cases over the course of the year.
A spokeswoman for the regulator said the figures were not directly comparable to the previous year’s because of a change in the way the commission handles cases, but they were broadly similar to those of 2011/12.
A total of 596 reports were made to the commission covering 971 serious incidents among charities, it says.
The accounts show that the regulator’s staff costs fell by more than £4m over the course of the year – from £17.85m in 2011/12 to £13.45m in 2012/13.
The number of staff fell during the year from 337 to 305, which resulted in reduced salary and pension costs, but a large proportion of the reduction was due to a fall in severance costs from £2.6m in 2011/12 to almost nothing last year.
The regulator employed 405 people at the end of 2010/11. There was a rise in agency costs from £27,000 in 2011/12 to £156,000 last year.
The salary for Sam Younger, the commission’s chief executive, remained in the £130,000 to £135,000 bracket during the course of the year, plus a bonus of between nought and £5,000, which was also the same as the previous year.
The report shows that the regulator had 14 incidents relating to the loss of protected personal data – the highest for five years. The report says the number has risen because of a new incident reporting procedure.
The accounts show that the regulator met two of three top-level external performance indicators – one concerning its running costs as a proportion of registered charities’ income, and a year-on-year increase in public trust and confidence in charities.
The third target, which relates to the percentage of commission casework that has been reviewed as acceptable or better, was measured at 89 per cent – one percentage point below the target. It was not measured in 2011/12.