Analysis of the accounts of UK charitable hospices for the year ended 31 March 2017, prepared in 2018 by Hospice UK with support from haysmcintyre. This report may be used to inform debate and to help local hospice staff and trustee boards to benchmark their own hospice figures against similar organisations.


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About this publication


haysmacintyre is pleased to partner with Hospice UK for the fourth year in producing the Hospice Accounts Report. This year’s report uses information taken from the statutory accounts of 194 independent charitable hospices in the UK, plus two national charities, Marie Curie and Sue Ryder.

It shows a sector with total income of £1.4 billion per year, which employs almost 40,000 staff in the UK, is supported by many thousands of volunteers, and provides care for over 200,000 people and their families.

As well as volunteering time, the hospice sector relies on local support for 72% of its income. This support comes from community fundraising, donations, legacies, corporate supporters and trading activities. Legacies are a vital source of income for many hospices and make up, on average, 19% of income for independent adults’ and children’s hospices.

Legacy income varies and can be difficult to predict and budget for, and this year we have seen a fall in the real value of legacies of 9%, which has meant an overall fall in income of £17 million.

As we have seen in past reports, government funding of hospices continues to differ greatly by area and by individual organisation. For the first time this year we have included in this report, details of government funding by region in England. Although in England the government funded an average of 33% of hospice expenditure, for one region this was as low as 18% and there is wide variation across the country.

There also continues to be a significant difference between government funding levels for adults’ and children’s hospices across the UK. The government funded on average 33% of the expenditure incurred by adults’ hospices in the UK, and 15% of the expenditure incurred by children’s hospices.

This report brings together the accounts of charitable hospices in the UK. These hospices are primarily local charities that are governed by voluntary trustees.

The purpose of the report is to:

  • demonstrate the size and operation of hospice care in the UK
  • identify and highlight changes over time in the overall operation of these hospices
  • identify differences between the various sizes of hospice
  • provide hospices with critical figures and benchmarks against which to compare their own accounts.



This report is based upon the audited accounts of 194 charitable hospices for the financial year ending any time between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017. For the majority of hospices, this means the accounts for the year ended 31 March 2017.

Further information


Anna Bennett
Charities Partner

020 7969 5542

Published by Hospice UK in November 2018.