Fifteen thousand charities removed from register

Minister responds to question in Parliament

Almost 15,000 organisations were removed from the register of charities between 2005 and 2008, Parliament was told this week.

Responding to a written question from David Evennett, Conservative MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, about how many charities had been removed and for what reasons, third sector minister Kevin Brennan referred to a letter from Andrew Hind, chief executive of the Charity Commission.

Hind said 14,787 charities had been taken off the register: 5,138 in 2005/06; 4,576 in 2006/07 and 5,073 in 2007/08.

A total of 9,305 had ceased to exist, and 4,753 had been removed because of mergers, incorporation or transfer of funds to other organisations, according to Hind.

Hind wrote: "During the current financial year, the commission has introduced new measures to identify charities that have ceased to operate and, where appropriate, remove them from the register.

"This is expected to result in an increase in the number of charities removed from the register in the current year and several thereafter."

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