Charity Commission suspends charity registration
The High Court ruled that Commission staff do not have the explicit delegated authority to make decisions on behalf of the Commission. It is not known when this situation will be resolved - the Commission will contest this ruling in the court of appeal but if the decision is upheld, it may need a change in legislation and that would probably require a functioning government at Stormont.
The negative effect on charitable organisations
This hold up in charity registration has caused anxiety for a number of organisations waiting on charity registration, particularly those that need charity registration to be eligible to apply for charitable trust funding. It is also hampering charities who need the Commission’s consent to make changes to their charitable purposes.
NICVA has written to all of the funders on our GrantTracker toolkit to make them aware of the situation facing organisations in Northern Ireland and has asked them to consider funding organisations which have charitable tax recognition.
Do you need charitable status urgently?
HMRC can grant charitable tax recognition to charitable organisations in Northern Ireland without them having to be first registered with the Charity Commission for NI. Please see our guidance on ‘how to register your charity for tax purposes’
Charitable organisations can also apply for rates exemption without first having to be registered with the Charity Commission. You can apply for rates exemption at the following link https://www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/content/charitable-exemption-rates