Charity Commission Launches Pre-registration Process
As highlighted previously, the wording of the public benefit test needs to be amended, through the legislative process of the Assembly, before the Register of Charities can be established. It now looks unlikely that the amendment will happen before the Assembly dissolves for elections in late March, which will further delay the establishment of the Charities Register.
Despite the delay with the establishment of the official register of charities, CCNI has launched a pre-registration process. It has written to all organisations that have been granted charitable status for tax purposes, asking them to verify the contact information that it has been given from Revenue and Customs (HMRC). If your organisation has not received a letter from the Charity Commission, and you already have a HMRC letter, then please contact CCNI Pre Registration on 028 9051 5492 or email [email protected]
Free seminars focusing on the new rules and regulations that will come into being from the Charities Act have been organised by the Developing Governance Group, in association with the Charity Commission and local support networks, in various areas throughout Northern Ireland. The seminars will also give charities practical guidance on how to help ensure good governance within their organisations.