Independent review of charity regulation has commenced

10 Mar 2021 Denise Copeland    Last updated: 11 Mar 2021

The Minister for Communities has commissioned an independent review of charity regulation in N.Ireland which commenced on 25 January 2021.  

The review will consider the Charities Act (NI) 2008 and the respective roles of the Charity Commission in implementing charity regulation and the Department for Communities which is responsible for charity legislation and policy.   

An independent review panel comprising three members has been established to carry out the review: Dr Oonagh B. Breen, Rev Dr Lesley Carroll and Noel Lavery. The panel will make final recommendations to the Minister by 26 July 2021.   

It is envisaged that the panel will meet with various stakeholders and NICVA proposes to make a submission highlighting various issues with the current regulatory framework including the need for a de-minimis threshold (so that very small charitable organisations should not be required to register with the Charity Commission) and the need for the introduction of the CIO legal structure.  

The terms of reference outline the background, purpose and conduct of the review which can be accessed from this link Independent Review of Charity Regulation - terms of reference .'s picture
by Denise Copeland

Governance and Charity Advice Manager

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