Regulation of civil society

Information and guidance your organisation needs about regulatory requirements.


Charities are regulated not just by the Charity Commission and the newly formed Fundraising Regulator, but potentially a number of other bodies including the CQC, Ofsted and the Homes and Communities Agency. Many of these regulators charge a levy to those they regulate to part-fund the regulation, and the Charity Commission is hoping to consult imminently on adopting a similar model. The Information Commissioner’s Office has recently investigated and fined a number of charities for their fundraising practice.

Our Vision

Good regulation is enabling, inclusive and transparent. Strong regulators balance enforcement and support functions and their leadership teams include people with voluntary sector expertise. Regulation should give civil society leaders the tools and information they need to run effective organisations.


The recent House of Lords select committee on charities made several recommendations on regulation. You can read our blog on these here.

We produced a briefing for members on the ICO and Charity Commission joint conference. You can read this here.

Also see

ACEVO welcome the new Charity Commission CEO

ACEVO statement on freedom of information

Statement on appointments to the Charity Commission board

We represent our members' interests in five key policy areas

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