The numbers: The Cardinal Hume Centre

The Cardinal Hume Centre provides services to homeless young people, badly housed families and refugees in central London.

Total income: £1.9m for the year ending 31 March 2006, compared with £1.6m for the year before.

Highest salary: No employee was paid more than £60,000.

Reserves policy: The charity's policy is to hold the equivalent of three months' operating spending. Free reserves were £321,000 at year-end, which was £44,000 less than that required by the reserves policy.

Fundraising costs: The charity spent £95,000 on fundraising, and its fundraised income was £623,000, giving it a fundraising ratio of 15p in the pound. The previous year's ratio was 16p.

Pension: The charity contributes a maximum of 6 per cent to employees' personal pension plans.

How performance is communicated: The Cardinal Hume Centre's website ( has a clear description of its work and aims.

However, there is little information available on the main website about the charity's performance or strategy.

Details on these issues are contained in a readable annual review, but this cannot be accessed through the website. There is also useful information on strategy and how the charity feels it has performed against the targets set out in the trustees' report and accounts, which are available online.

The charity says: "The charity had an unusual year during 2005/06, when it concentrated on completing its building programme, having targeted its fundraising efforts for this purpose.

"As a result, it received a high proportion of income restricted for building purposes. This meant that free reserves were used to compensate for the drop in income for operational purposes."

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