Charities Act (NI) 2022

17 Feb 2022 Denise Copeland    Last updated: 13 Apr 2022

The Charities Act (NI) 2022 has now come into effect after receiving Royal Assent on the 30 March 2022.

The Act allows for Charity Commission staff to make decisions again on routine work of the Commission such as registration and giving consents. This will be done through a scheme of delegation which will be consulted on in the coming months. 

The Act will also make lawful the vast majority of decisions made by Commission staff prior to the McBride High Court Judgment in May 2019. The reinstated decisions will come with fresh appeal rights for the charities however there is a strict 91 days timeline from the date the legislation receives Royal Assent in order to submit an appeal.   

This new legislation will effectively reinstate the register of charities and the annual reporting obligations for charities registered before May 2019.

There is also provision for the Department for Communities to introduce a threshold for charity registration however this would require further regulations to be made at a later date. 

For more information on the fresh appeal rights and other aspects of the Act see 

The Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2022: information pack | The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (charitycommissionni.org.uk)

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by Denise Copeland

Governance and Charity Advice Manager

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