Almost a quarter of the funding of the country’s 50 largest charities comes from public funds, according to a report published in January 2015. The charities received £3.1 bn in funding from public bodies.
While many charities are open about their public funding, those who are not include Mencap, Action for Children, and Leonard Cheshire. Marie Stopes International failed to identify £86m of funding.
The report, Transparency Begins at Home, was published by the right-wing think tank Centre for Policy Studies (CPS). Its author says that such high dependency can mean that such charities start to behave like organs of government.
The Charity Commission has said that it will require charities to state in their accounts how much they receive from public funds.