The Charity Commission, the organisation that regulates and registers charities in England and Wales, will be launching a searchable online register of charities this autumn.
The project has been subject to a four-month delay – the creation of the register was announced in April, with intentions to be live by the end of May.
“The Commission is undertaking a number of IT-related projects. Many of these have interdependencies and as internal priorities change, some completion dates need to be altered,” the organisation told Civil Society News.
“The new online charity search has been built and we are now working on fine-tuning the jobs that transfer the data to this new tool. We anticipate being able to launch a beta version in the next few weeks,” it added.
The search engine is set to reveal more information about charities than previously available, such as whether trustees are paid or not.
A more detailed search function that aims to enable researchers to gather more detailed information about individual charities is also in the works.
This is despite the organisation’s concerns that such a move would make it difficult for people to view it as a separate entity from government – however, the Commission does not have to adopt government branding.