Charities Act (NI) 2008 to be Amended

1 Nov 2010 Denise Copeland    Last updated: 13 Aug 2014

Alex Attwood, the new Minister for Social Development, has directed that the Charities Act (NI) 2008 be amended to clarify the law on the public benefit test. 

Once the issue is fully resolved and new amended legislation is in place, the Charity Commission will then be in a position to issue draft guidance on the public benefit test for consultation.    

The Register of Charities can then be established and the Commission will be able to begin the process of registering the first charities in Northern Ireland.  There will be a clearer idea of timescale when the amendment has passed through the legislative processes of the Assembly but it is envisaged that the Register may not be operational before Easter of next year.

For more information on this latest development visit the DSD website and for more detail on the progression of charity law reform, visit our dedicated Charity Law Reform webpage.'s picture
by Denise Copeland

Governance and Charity Advice Manager

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