When using our legal powers as regulator, we make a wide range of decisions – whether or not to register an organisation as a charity, through to decisions about making legal schemes and to take regulatory action.
Decisions we make can range from whether or not to register an organisation as a charity, through to decisions about making legal schemes and exercising our remedial and protective powers when dealing with cases of suspected abuse or mismanagement in charities.
Many of our decisions can be challenged through our decision review procedure. They may also be challenged directly through the First-tier Tribunal (Charity).
Complaining about a decision we have made Find out how to appeal against a decision we have made using our formal legal powers, including via the independent Charity Tribunal.
We publish decisions and reviews of decisions where they concern points of law, are novel, significant or otherwise of wider interest. Many concern issues of charitable status where we have to examine what the law regards as charitable and apply it to the particular circumstances. Where appropriate we may, in the course of making a decision, accept a new novel charitable purpose as being within that legal framework.
We also publish details of key decisions including those we make about registering charities.
Earlier decisions: how to find them
Decisions made prior to August 2001 can be found in our various annual reports and the Decisions of the Charity Commissioners Volumes 1–5, which are available from The Stationery Office and at some local libraries.