Regulator's budget to rise by 10 per cent next year

The government's spending review says the Charity Commission will receive £27.3m in the year to the end of March 2021

The Charity Commission’s budget will rise by almost 10 per cent next year, the government has announced.

Documents released as part of today’s spending review, published after Chancellor Sajid Javid’s speech to the House of Commons, show the commission’s budget will rise from £24.9m in the year to the end of March 2020 to £27.3m next year.

The regulator’s budget had been frozen by the government at £20.3m and was due to stay at that point until 2020. But the government said in January 2018 that it would provide an extra £5m a year in interim funding while the regulator considered "more sustainable funding models", such as charging some charities for its services.

The figures announced today go beyond a real-terms increase, a spokeswoman for the commission said.

Helen Stephenson, chief executive of the Charity Commission, said: "We are pleased that the government has rolled forward our existing budget, including the £4m increase agreed last year.

"We are delighted that it has also made a further small investment so we can continue to implement our strategy and make operational improvements while handling significant increases in demand.

"This acknowledges the value of the charity sector, and our work to maximise the benefit of charity to society and to uphold its reputation in the eyes of the public."

The spending review, Javid’s first in post, covers government spending for the next 12 months.

Spending reviews normally cover a period of three years, but a shorter review has been conducted because of uncertainty over Brexit.

The review said that expenditure of international aid would remain at 0.7 per cent of gross domestic product.

In its response to the announcement, Bond, the umbrella body for international development charities, welcomed the 0.7 per cent target remaining intact, but said that the Department for International Development had to commit to spending the funding where it was most needed.

"It’s how aid is spent that matters, and we would call on the government to ensure that all development aid remains focused on its primary objective of helping the world’s poorest people," said Claire Godfrey, interim director of policy, advocacy and research at Bond.

"We would urge the government to increase DfID’s oversight of other departments' aid spending to protect the UK’s world-class reputation for ensuring that all aid contributes to poverty reduction, meets internationally agreed rules and remains untied to our strategic and economic interests."

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