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Disability Income/Expenditure

December 2, 2011

In my last blog I listed the incomes of several major disability charities. This is interesting as it begins to unpack the size of the annual Disability Market.

However it also limited in that it provides only a snapshot – a point in time. From a list of one year’s incomes figures it is impossible to tell whether these figures are unusual, or in line with income for the same organisations from other years.

It can also be interesting to compare the income for an organisation with the expenditure for the same organisation. If one does this for a particular year this provides a snapshot figure – a point in time.

However one can also investigate income/expenditure for one organisation, or for several organisations, over a period of years.

All the figures I will now present, except for the final column in each table, have been gathered from the Charity Commission website –

This is a useful resource. By entering the name, or number, or any particular key words you wish to search for, of any UK charity – large or small, local, regional or national – it is possible to peer through the annual returns for that organisation, including financial details, staff details, governing documents, etc.

The provision of this information to the Charity Commission is a legal duty for all UK registered charities. So there is nothing to hide.

Here are some income, expenditure and differential calculations for a random selection of UK Disability Charities. I have checked my sums, but please feel free to check them again. If you discover any discrepancies between what you find and my figures then do let me know – I admit to being fallible, human, and a bit quick to publish.

Any mistakes are honest mistakes, maybe due to my ham-fistedness with a calculator –



Income (A)

Expenditure (B)

Difference (A-B)





98.32 m

100.45 m

98.40 m

101.61 m

94.51 m

98.62 m

98.30 m

94.93 m

3.81 m

1.83 m

0.1 m

6.68 m


398.78 M

386.36 M

12.42 M




Income (A)

Expenditure (B)

Difference (A-B)





177.86 m

183.46 m

189.12 m

194.20 m

172.13 m

176.90 m

186.05 m

188.63 m

5.73 m

6.56 m

3.07 m

5.57 m


744.64 M

723.71 M

20.93 M




Income (A)

Expenditure (B)

Difference (A-B)





107.82 M

98.65 M

96.04 M

135.15 M

91.80 M

100.02 M

105.11 M

130.15 M

16.02 M

-1.37 M

– 9.07 M

5 M


437.66 M

427.08 M

10.58 M




Income (A)

Expenditure (B)

Difference (A-B)





49.21 m

49.84 m

46.84 m

47.26 m

49.28 m

45.87 m

47.88 m

44.63 m

– 0.07 m

3.97 m

– 1.04 m

2.63 m


193.15 M

187.66 M

5.49 M


If you total up the amount of surplus for each of these 4 organisations the figure is –


And this is during a recession.

Here are some questions to ponder –

Where is this money? And what is it doing there?

What would the total figure be if we did this same exercise for every UK disability charity?

How many Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) would this surplus fund?

If this money is not doing anything in particular – if it is just lying around somewhere, gathering dust – would these major disability organisations mind donating it to local DPOs? Imagine what a difference this money could make.

Millions of pounds….




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  1. I dont think this proves anything, really, apart from the fact that these charities are generally being well-run and trying to build up their reserves for a rainy day. Income is always difficult to predict – legacies can skew things horribly because they are so random, you can get £10M one year, and £1M the next, you are waiting for people to die. Property sales are also a bit random. And unexpected nasty suprises include complex lawsuits from disaffected staff and massive black-holes in pension funds which are based on the investments that can go up or down. So a wise charity squirrels away a few percent of their turnover, just in case. It doesnt mean the money wont be spent on charity, merely that it might take a year or two to re-surface.

  2. Disappointed Anon permalink

    This is shocking news. Why on earth do the charities charge so much money for services when they have a surplus of cash totalling millions of pounds? Why haven’t they spent this money on the people they are supposed to be helping? It looks like our “non-profit” organisations are making a huge profit on the back of illness and disability – this is disgusting. I wonder how large the director’s salaries and bonuses are…

    When I walk down the street I see volunteers in the freezing cold begging for small change for the above charities. I see people donating money thinking that their cash is going to a good cause. Collectively, the public gives so much time and money to the above charities and for what purpose? So it can be squirreled away in case the overheads somehow require an extra £50m? I also find unsettling how the amount of savings is increasing during our recession. During financial hardship charities can do remarkably well.

    Clearly certain charities have too much money and don’t want to let go of it. Perhaps it’s time to boycott them in favour of transparent charities which actually spend the money we give on those for whom the money is intended.

  3. Beth permalink

    Under the charity commision rules a charity must where ever possible have 3 – 6 months full running costs in reserves. Sometimes reserves are shown as restricted funds – basically funding that can only be used for a specific purpose.

    I agree that ther eis a conversation to be had about what the charities do for and how they involve thier service users in decision making. One tha tis just beginnign to emerge as more people due to the groundbreak work of the spartacusreport and events over the last few months around the welfare reform bill.

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