Charity Regulation

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has now commenced compulsory registration of charities.  We provide the sector with the most up to date information on the key changes in charity regulation.  For the latest on new charity regulations and a history of recent charity law reform in NI, please see our dedicated charity regulation webpage

Changes to the annual monitoring return for charities

16 Nov 2017Denise Copeland Charity RegulationCharity Regulation, Governance

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is currently consulting on changes to the Annual Monitoring Return which all registered charities will have to complete – deadline for consultation responses is 5 pm on Tuesday 21 November 2017

Charities Annual Monitoring Return – consultation on proposed changes

27 Sep 2017Denise Copeland Charity RegulationCharity Regulation

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is holding a seminar to consult on proposed changes to the Annual Monitoring Return for registered charities.

Serious Incident Reporting draft guidance

7 Jul 2017Denise Copeland Charity RegulationGovernance, Charity Regulation

The Charity Commission for NI is currently consulting on its draft guidance on serious incident reporting which will help trustees to determine what a serious incident is and when they need to report on it.  

Independent examination - the alternative to an audit

12 Dec 2016Denise Copeland Governance and Charity Adviceaccounting, Charity Regulation

Chris Smith, Trustee of the Association of Charity Independent Examiners (ACIE) and a practicing independent examiner explains what an independent examination is and when charities may avail of this option. 

Charity Trustee Conference on Understanding Charity Finance

10 Nov 2016Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance, Charity Regulation, Finance

Tuesday’s charity trustee conference on understanding charity finance attracted a good number of board members and employees from a wide range of charitable organisations, both large and small.

Good Governance and Charity reporting seminars

15 Sep 2016Denise Copeland Developing Governance GroupGovernance, Charity Regulation

The Developing Governance Group in association with the Charity Commission and local support networks are hosting a roadshow of seminars focusing on the new accounting and reporting regulations and the revised code of good governance. 

Promoting good financial governance

12 May 2016Denise Copeland Charity Regulation, Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance, trustees, Charity Regulation, Finance

Yesterday’s charity trustee conference on promoting good financial governance was attended by 150 delegates ranging from charity trustees, finance personnel, charity support workers to those with an interest in charity finance. 

New charity registration application delayed

18 Apr 2016Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceCharity Regulation

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is developing an updated online charity registration application form.

Alert for charity registration applicants

26 Feb 2016Denise Copeland Charity RegulationCharity Regulation, Governance

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is developing an updated online charity registration application form, which is expected to replace the current online form towards the end of April 2016.

Gambling review update 2016

22 Feb 2016Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance, Policy, Charity Regulation, Fundraising

In 2011, the Department for Social Development launched a public consultation on the Future Regulation of Gambling in Northern Ireland.