Finance Score: 7
Governance Score: 6
Support Score: 16
  • Good reserves management: +3
  • Reasonable growth: +1
  • Fundraising costs low: +3
  • Good trustee age range: +3
  • Dynamic board: +3
  • Grant maker support: +16
Overall GiG Score: 29 ?

BRITISH REFUGEE COUNCIL 

The Refugee Council is one of the leading charities in the UK working directly with refugees, and supporting them to rebuild their lives. We also speak up for refugees using our direct work as an evidence base, ensuring refugees have a stronger and more influential voice in decisions that will affect them. We work with a range of partners and in collaboration to ensure we best support our clients.
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Positives:

  • Reserves management has been consistently within official guidelines
  • There has been reasonable growth in spending over the last 3 years relative to the previous period
  • There have been no material income shortfalls in recent years
  • Fundraising costs are low relative to funds raised
  • A significant proportion of recent income was derived from major grant makers including the Government
  • The Board appears to be well diversified in terms of age and dynamic in terms of composition

Financial Data ?

Income & Spending ?
Sources of Income ?
Y/E Income
£k
Spending
£k
Surplus/
Deficit
Fundraising
Cost £k
Total
Funds £k
Unrestricted
Funds £k
Mths
Rsrvs
Staff Volun-
teers
31/03/23£19,074£17,110£1,964£1,213£10,813£7,6925.4321423
31/03/22£15,792£12,919£2,873£1,698£8,849£6,3475.9242305
31/03/21£12,602£11,551£1,051£1,239£5,976£4,2744.4222305
31/03/20£10,244£10,838£-594£1,261£4,925£3,7894.2204649
31/03/19£10,566£10,497£69£1,380£5,519£4,2284.8189533
31/03/18£8,550£8,960£-410£1,364£5,450£3,6204.81680
31/03/17£9,457£7,364£2,093£1,148£5,860£3,8176.21280
31/03/16£6,308£5,896£412£960£3,767£2,9035.9900
31/03/15£4,608£5,520£-912£701£4,524£3,8538.4680
31/03/14£8,104£8,055£49£741£5,436£4,6566.91160
31/03/13*£8,304£9,855£-1,551£765£5,387£4,6045.61280
31/03/12£13,261£13,233£28£733£6,938£5,6605.11650
31/03/11£16,526£16,307£219£717£6,910£5,3493.92580
31/03/10£20,103£18,646£1,457£837£6,691£5,0043.22910
31/03/09£18,024£17,358£666£657£5,234£3,4642.43070
31/03/08£18,820£18,528£292£680£4,567£2,9461.93210
31/03/07*£18,510£17,883£627£620£4,275£2,3341.62590
31/03/06*£18,299£17,895£404£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/05*£33,194£33,607£-413£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/04*£61,373£60,368£1,005£0£0£0n/a00

Financial Ratios
Fundraising Costs/Relevant Income: 6.4%
Fundraising Costs/Total Spending: 7.1%
Senior Staff Costs/Total Spending: 2%
Highest pay band: £90,000-£100,000
Liabilities/Assets: 22%
Liabilities/Income: 16%
Unrestricted Funds/Total Funds: 71%
Reserves/Spending: 5.4 months
Net Current Assets/Spending: 7 months
Quick Ratio: 2
Asset Split ?
Established: 32 years

www.refugeecouncil.org.uk

info@refugeecouncil.org.uk

02073466700

Charity Commission for England and WalesCompanies House
UN SDGs
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Listed activities
  • Economic/Community Development/Employment
  • Education/Training
  • General Charitable Purposes
  • Human Rights/Religious Or Racial Harmony/Equality Or Diversity
GiG Classification
  • Refugees & asylum seeker services
How it operates
  • Acts as an umbrella or resource body
  • Provides advocacy/advice/information
  • Provides services
  • Sponsors or undertakes research
Where it operates
  • Throughout England,
Who it helps
  • Children/Young People
  • Other Defined Groups

Who's supporting them? ?

Donations from Grant Makers ?

We have details on the following significant donations. Multi-year donations are allocated to the years for which they are earmarked.

Major supporters in last 5 years
Home Office£3,411,519
National Emergencies Trust£1,520,000
LUND TRUST£525,000
Paul Hamlyn Foundation£200,000
Specific Donations
Amount When
Months
To be used for
Trust for London - Refugee Council
£12,275 22/01/2024
12
The funding is to help Refugee Council to update its 'Keys to the City' report with new data and analysis, ahead of the London mayoral election in May 2024. Its overall goal is to combat homelessness ....more
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Grant to Refugee Council
£150,000 19/10/2023
36
Grant over 3 years to support influencing change at the national level
Barrow Cadbury Trust - Reporting on the state of the asylum system
£10,000 16/03/2023
To support research on the impact of the Nationality and Borders Act.
BBC Children in Need - Grant to British Refugee Council
£500 20/10/2022
0
‘Cost of Living uplift: £500 to help projects meet their rising costs and respond to increased demand 31/10/2022’
Rothschild Foundation - Grant to Refugee Council
£10,000 14/10/2022
Donation on behalf of Edmund de Waal
LUND TRUST - Match funding for the Refugee Council's appeal.
£250,000 07/07/2022
To develop, expand and run the services needed to support refugees from Ukraine, and for campaigning activity relating to refugees from Ukraine.
Barrow Cadbury Trust - Detention Forum 2022-24
£30,000 25/03/2022
To continue to support the Detention Forum's campaigning work to reform immigration detention.
LUND TRUST - Match funding for the Refugee Council's appeal
£250,000 04/03/2022
To develop, expand and run the services needed to support refugees from Ukraine, and for campaigning activity relating to refugees from Ukraine.
AB Charitable Trust - A grant to The Refugee Council
£30,000 25/01/2022
A restricted grant of £30,000 towards the Restricted to Programme of Afghan Refugee Community Support. The Programme of Afghan Refugee Community Support provides grants and funder plus support for ....more
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to British Refugee Council
£60,000 12/01/2022
12
Towards delegated grant-making in a partnership between British Refugee Council and Migration Exchange to raise and distribute £250k to Afghan-led Refugee Community Organisations.
LUND TRUST - Towards core costs
£25,000 15/12/2021
To support unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the UK
Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Covid-19 Emergency Funding: Grants for Afghan-led Refugee Community Organisations
£75,000 03/11/2021
12
Refugee Council is a charity working directly with refugees and asylum seekers and supporting them to rebuild their lives. They provide practical support to empower people to lead safe, dignified and ....more
Home Office - Asylum Seeker Mental Health and Wellbeing Grant
£215,244 26/10/2021
The grant was created with a view to funding fund local authorities, NGOs and strategic migration partnerships to deliver support in at least one of the following three areas:a. Skills development: ....more
Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Making the case for refugee protection
£5,000 16/08/2021
4
The Refugee Council supports and empowers people who have been forced to flee conflict, violence and persecution in order to rebuild their lives in the UK. This grant supports the Refugee Council to ....more
The Rayne Foundation - Grant to British Refugee Council
£20,000 09/04/2021
Towards therapeutic support for unaccompanied asylum seekers and refugees to improve their emotional wellbeing and help their integration into the UK.
Home Office - Childrens Advisory Project
£1,596,275 01/04/2021
Through the Childrens Advisory Project funding Refugee Council (RC) can: -Act as a Responsible Adult at substantive asylum interviews and other asylum process events; - Signpost UASC to Legal Aid ....more
The Pilgrim Trust - Grant to British Refugee Council
£20,000 26/11/2020
24
A two-year grant to continue The Trafficked Girls' Project; helping survivors to find safety and influencing policy and practice
National Emergencies Trust - NET Restricted Funding for Covid-19 support Refugees and Asylum Seekers
£40,000 29/10/2020
Funding for infrastructure costs supporting NET Refugee Consortium. Other consortia partners include: Scottish Refugee Council, Welsh Refugee Council, Bryson Care Northern Ireland
BBC Children in Need - Grant to British Refugee Council
£80,000 09/09/2020
18
COVID19 - This grant will mental health support sessions for young refugees and asylum seekers who have been isolated due to Covid-19. Activities will improve mental health, reduce isolation and ....more
National Emergencies Trust - NET Restricted Funding to Covid-19 support Refugees and Asylum Seekers
£1,480,000 17/08/2020
Funding increased telephone and remote capacity and support, including support for refugees and asylum seekers to access information (inc. hardware and data). Funding some direct service provision ....more
DCMS - Coronavirus Community Support Fund
£117,900 06/08/2020
"The fund aims to:1) To reduce closures of essential charities that provide essential services to vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 crisis by ensuring they have the financial resources to ....more
Tuixen Foundation - Core grant to Refugee Council
£10,000 05/08/2020
The Refugee Council helps refugees settle happily in the UK by providing practical help and considering their health and wellbeing too.
Comic Relief - British Refugee Council: Recovery Funding
£40,000 23/06/2020
6
COVID19 Recovery funding
Charles Hayward Foundation - Grant to Refugee Council
£25,000 27/05/2020
Trafficked children project
City Bridge Trust - Grant to British Refugee Council
£5,000 24/04/2020
A grant of £5,000 to fund the essential and urgent costs outlined in the application, so that the organisation can carry on providing support to Londoners.
Home Office - Childrens Advisory Project (Formerly The Provision of a Children's Panel In England) 2020-21
£1,600,000 01/04/2020
To provide advice to Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC); young persons under the age of 21 whom, in the absence of a parent, are caring for a younger sibling; and, to Local Authorities and ....more
Barrow Cadbury Trust - Detention Forum 2020-2022
£30,000 20/01/2020
24
To support the Detention Forum's campaigning work to reform immigration detention.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Building the campaign for detention reform
£120,000 14/10/2019
36
Support to concretise and translate the government’s commitment to immigration detention reform into tangible positive outcomes for people who migrate to the UK.
City Bridge Trust - Grant to British Refugee Council
£79,200 25/07/2019
24
£79,200 over two further and final years (£39,000 and £40,200) for the costs of a Full-time Psychological Therapist in London.
The Bromley Trust - Restricted grant towards the work of the Detention Forum
£5,000 23/07/2019
12
The Refugee Council works with refugees, directly supporting them to rebuild their lives. and ensuring they have a stronger and more influential voice in decisions that will affect them.This one year ....more
Tuixen Foundation - Core grant to Refugee Council
£10,000 11/07/2019
The Refugee Council helps refugees settle happily in the UK by providing practical help and considering their health and wellbeing too.
Home Office - Children's Advisory Project (Formerly The Provision of a Children's Panel In England) 2019-20
£1,600,000 01/04/2019
To provide advice to Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC); young persons under the age of 21 whom, in the absence of a parent, are caring for a younger sibling; and, to Local Authorities and ....more
Comic Relief - The Refugee Cricket Project
£400,169 06/11/2018
48
The project aims to reduce the vulnerability of unaccompanied asylum seeking and refugee young people in the UK to homelessness as they transition from child to adult welfare and immigration ....more
BBC Children in Need - Grant to British Refugee Council
£118,399 23/10/2018
36
This project will work with unaccompanied asylum seeking young people and will provide Maths and English support, life skills sessions and social activities. This will improve educational engagement, ....more
Tuixen Foundation - Core grant to Refugee Council
£10,000 10/08/2018
The Refugee Council helps refugees settle happily in the UK by providing practical help and considering their health and wellbeing too.
Comic Relief - British Refugee Council
£250,000 25/07/2018
36
The Refugee Council is applying for a core grant of £250,000 over three years towards its support services for refugees and asylum seekers in England and it's work strengthening the impact of ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - HARP2: Health Access for Refugees
£378,831 26/04/2018
36
The group will provide specialised support around health access for asylum seekers and refugees. This will remove barriers to healthcare for vulnerable people and improve their mental and physical ....more
Home Office - The Provision of a Children?s Panel in England 2018-19
£1,600,000 01/04/2018
To provide advice to Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC); young persons under the age of 21 whom, in the absence of a parent, are caring for a younger sibling; and, to Local Authorities and ....more
Comic Relief - My View: Therapeutic services for unaccompanied boys seeking refuge in the UK
£150,000 28/03/2018
36
In 2016 alone, 3,175 unaccompanied children arrived in the UK as refugees. Many of these unaccompanied minors, most of them boys and young men, have faced traumatic experiences before arriving, ....more
BBC Children in Need - Grant to British Refugee Council
£30,000 13/03/2018
36
A counselling service offering individual and group sessions for unaccompanied asylum seeking and refugee children. Young people will benefit through improved emotional health, increased confidence ....more
The Bromley Trust - Restricted grant towards the Detention Forum
£5,000 01/02/2018
12
The Refugee Council works with refugees, directly supporting them to rebuild their lives. and ensuring they have a stronger and more influential voice in decisions that will affect them.This one year ....more
Tuixen Foundation - Core grant to Refugee Council
£1,000 13/12/2017
The Refugee Council helps refugees settle happily in the UK by providing practical help and considering their health and wellbeing too.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Boosting the role of experts by experience in Detention Forum
£40,000 11/12/2017
24
To boost the role of experts by experience in Detention Forum.
The Rayne Foundation - Grant to British Refugee Council
£60,000 07/12/2017
36
Towards therapeutic support for unaccompanied asylum seekers and refugees to improve their emotional wellbeing and help their integration into the UK.
Barrow Cadbury Trust - The Detention Forum 2018-2020
£45,000 21/10/2017
24
To support Detention Forum's coordination and campaigning work to reform detention
Barrow Cadbury Trust - Refugees welcome? An Inquiry by the APPG on Refugees
£3,000 18/05/2017
2
To fund costs of a report on how better to achieve refugee integration
The Bromley Trust - Restricted grant towards the Detention Forum
£5,000 01/05/2017
12
The Refugee Council works with refugees, directly supporting them to rebuild their lives. and ensuring they have a stronger and more influential voice in decisions that will affect them.This grant is ....more
Home Office - The Provision of a Children?s Panel in England 2017-18
£1,500,000 01/04/2017
To provide advice to Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC); young persons under the age of 21 whom, in the absence of a parent, are caring for a younger sibling; and, to Local Authorities and ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - The Barnsley Refugee Advice Project
£343,528 24/03/2017
36
The aim of the project is to enable newly granted refugees to transition well out of the asylum process and to successfully settle and integrate into the community. The project will work with local ....more
City Bridge Trust - Grant to British Refugee Council
£106,500 24/05/2016
36
£112,000 over three years (£36,200; £37,300; £38,500) towards staffing, running costs and overheads of a counselling service for refugees in London.
Comic Relief - Safer Refugee Women
£146,657 16/03/2016
36
Refugee and asylum seeking women who have fled rape, violence and exploitation for safety in the UK continue to be highly vulnerable. Even after arriving to the UK, many women experience ....more
Barrow Cadbury Trust - The Detention Forum: co-ordinated detention advocacy
£30,000 08/02/2016
24
To enable the Forum to build on its success in advocating for reform of immigration detention policy
Comic Relief - Age Disputes: See the Child
£142,525 27/01/2016
36
Separated children and young people arriving to the UK and seeking asylum are sometimes wrongfully assessed as adults. This means they receive no support from Children’s Services, cannot access ....more
London Catalyst - The Refugee Council - 5
£3,000 17/11/2015
Hardship Fund
Comic Relief - Refugee Crisis Grant
£50,000 30/09/2015
6
To better meet the demand of public interest and volunteering alongside local authorities requesting support on resettlement. Also a contribution to their youth services work in Dover where an ....more
Barrow Cadbury Trust - Open 2 Refugees
£9,000 16/09/2015
Short campaign to mobilise support for refugees in Britain
Barrow Cadbury Trust - Migration NGO Communications Project (MNCP)
£68,000 11/07/2015
12
To strengthen the impact of the leading UK migration and refugee protection NGOs in their collective and individual communications work
Barrow Cadbury Trust - SANCTUARY SUMMIT 2014
£3,000 25/11/2014
To contribute to the costs of the City of Sanctuary Summit 2014.
AB Charitable Trust - Parliamentary immigration detention inquiry advocacy work
£10,000 21/10/2014
£10,000 towards advocacy and secretariat support work to the Parliamentary inquiry into immigration detention
London Catalyst - The Refugee Council - 4
£3,000 17/09/2014
Hardship Fund
Barrow Cadbury Trust - Resettlement places for refugees from Syria: Next steps
£9,180 17/03/2014
Resettlement places for refugees from Syria: Next steps
Barrow Cadbury Trust - Detention Forum - detention
£30,000 24/02/2014
Detention Forum - detention
London Catalyst - The Refugee Council - 3
£3,000 26/08/2013
Hardship Fund
National Lottery Community Fund - Regional Refugee Care Project
£351,000 20/08/2013
36
This is an expansion project, Regional Refugee Care (RRC), to be run by the British Refugee Council (BRC), which offers early-intervention therapeutic crisis services to adult asylum seekers and ....more
London Councils - Supporting & Strengthening the Impact of London's Refugee Community Organisations ('Supporting RCOs')
£249,368 20/02/2013
Supporting & Strengthening the Impact of London's Migrant/Refugee Community Organisations ('Supporting MRCOs') is a two-year, second-tier training and capacity-building support project to enable ....more
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to British Refugee Council
£99,698 01/12/2011
Towards the salary, project costs and overheads of providing employment advice for refugees.
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How is it governed?

Trustees (12)
Current Trustees appointed

Age Range of Trustees: 31-75
  • GERRY POWER Appointed: 2018, Occupation: Chief Research Officer
Legal constitution
  • Charitable company registered in England & Wales on 02/10/1992, number: 1014576
  • Registered at Companies House on 30/06/1992, number: 02727514
Gift Aid
  • Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Policies in force
  • Bullying and harassment policy and procedures
  • Campaigns and political activity policy and procedures
  • Complaints handling
  • Complaints policy and procedures
  • Conflicting interests
  • Financial reserves policy and procedures
  • Internal charity financial controls policy and procedures
  • Internal risk management policy and procedures
  • Investing charity funds policy and procedures
  • Paying staff
  • Risk management
  • Safeguarding policy and procedures
  • Safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries
  • Serious incident reporting policy and procedures
  • Social media policy and procedures
  • Trustee conflicts of interest policy and procedures
  • Trustee expenses policy and procedures
  • Volunteer management
Filing Record
20 returns made; AR13: 0 days late, AR07: 7 days late, AR06: 1 days late, AR05: 1 days late, AR04: 1 days late,
Main office

BRITISH REFUGEE COUNCIL
134 - 138 The Grove
LONDON
E15 1NS

Objectives

A)TO PROVIDE RELIEF FOR REFUGEES AND THEIR DEPENDANTS WHO ARE IN CONDITIONS OF NEED, HARDSHIP OR DISTRESS B) TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT THE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH OF REFUGEES AND THEIR DEPENDANTS INCLUDING (BUT NOT LIMITED TO) PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS C) TO ADVANCE THE EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF REFUGEES AND THEIR DEPENDANTS IN NEED THEREOF SO AS TO ADVANCE THEM IN LIFE AND ASSIST IN THEIR REHABILITATION WITHIN A NEW COMMUNITY D) TO PROMOTE RESEARCH INTO THE CONDITIONS OF LIFE OF REFUGEES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AND WAYS OF PROVIDING CHARITABLE RELIEF FOR THEM AND TO PUBLISH THE RESULTS OF ALL SUCH RESEARCH E) TO ADVANCE PUBLIC EDUCATION ABOUT THE POSITION OF REFUGEES AND THE SITUATIONS WHICH GIVE RISE TO REFUGEE MOVEMENTS.

Defined Area of Benefit:

WORLDWIDE

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