Charities (Amendment) Bill Rescheduled

22 Sep 2011 Denise Copeland    Last updated: 12 Aug 2014

The Committee for Social Development was due to consider the Charities (Amendment) Bill at the end of September, but this has now been rescheduled to 20 October 2011.

We still do not know yet what the planned changes are for the public benefit test wording, as the Minister for Social Development, Nelson McCausland, has still not disclosed/decided the course of action he will take.  

New accounting rules also delayed

The Department for Social Development was expected to launch draft regulations for consultation in the autumn but has now deferred the launch until early spring next year.   

This will in turn delay the requirement to submit annual accounts to the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland,  for which there is no known commencement date.

Please see our dedicated charity law reform webpage for more detailed information on the progression of the Charities Act. 

by Denise Copeland

Governance and Charity Advice Manager

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