The Charities Act (NI) 2008 (the Act) as amended by the Charities Act (NI) 2013, is the key legislative framework containing new regulations which charities operating in Northern Ireland must abide by.
The Act provides for the establishment of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland which, since coming into being in 2009, has been given various powers including those of investigation and enforcement. The Charity Commission established the Register of Charities in December 2013 and is calling on all charitable organisations to come forward and register with it.
Not all the provisions of the Act have been introduced as further secondary legislation is required to bring all of the provisions into being, for example, the CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) legal structure is not available yet and is unlikely to be for some time. Likewise the new rules for public collections and control of fundraising are not likely to be included in the Commission's strategic agenda for the next three years.
For more detailed information on the passage of the Act, including various briefing papers, please see the Charity Law Reform Timeline below.
We keep the sector informed of all key charity law updates and developments. If you need further advice on any aspect of charity regulation, please contact our Governance and Charity Advice team.
News & Articles
Charity Commission for NI Scheme of Delegation Consultation
The Department for Communities is consulting on a draft Scheme of Delegation for the Charity Commission which details decisions to be made by staff, senior management and those which are reserved for a committee of the Commissioners.
New working group to examine impact of a charity registration threshold
The Department for Communities has set up a Registration Threshold, Registration and Proportionality of Annual Reporting Working Group to commence the work on introducing a threshold for charity registration.
NICVA draft response to Charity Commission's draft strategic plan consultation
The Charity Commission’s consultation on its draft strategic plan for 2023-2026 and its engagement strategy will close for responses on 6 March at 5.00 PM (extended from the 6 February).
Department plans for a de-minimis threshold for charity registration
NICVA warmly welcomes the Minister for Communities’s decision that a de-minimis threshold for charity registration should be introduced in Northern Ireland.
Trustees Week 2022
Trustees' Week takes place in the second week of November this year. It is a time to recognise and value the work that thousands of trustees contribute to charities large and small.
Good governance and charity regulation update seminars
The Developing Governance Group in association with the Charity Commission would like to invite you to free seminars focusing on governance and an update on charity regulation.
Unhappy with a Charity Commission decision made prior to May 2019?
The Charities Act (NI) 2022 will reinstate the vast majority of decisions made by Charity Commission staff prior to the end of May 2019.
Annual reporting requirements for registered charities update
Annual reporting for all registered charities is reinstated now that the Charities Act (NI) 2022 has received royal assent.
Charities Act (NI) 2022
The Charities Act (NI) 2022 has now come into effect after receiving Royal Assent on the 30 March 2022.
Independent Review of NI Charity Regulation Report launched
The Independent Review Panel of Charity Regulation in NI has launched its report at a special stakeholder on 20 January 2022.
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Charity Law Reform Timeline
Trustees Week 20224 Nov 2022
Charities Act (NI) 202217 Feb 2022
NICVA's response to the Charities Bill16 Aug 2021
Charities Bill introduced1 Jul 2021
31 Oct - Charity annual reporting deadline21 Oct 2019
Charities ‘in default’20 Feb 2019
Serious Incident Reporting draft guidance7 Jul 2017
Accounting and reporting guidance published29 Jul 2016
Promoting good financial governance12 May 2016
Alert for charity registration applicants26 Feb 2016
A consultation that you really should respond to12 Oct 2015
The Charity Commission values your opinion27 Aug 2015
New equality guidance for charities26 Jun 2015
Charity Commission verdict on sector5 Jan 2015
Interim Reporting Requirements1 Apr 2014
NICVA becomes one of first registered charities16 Dec 2013
Register of Charities Established13 Dec 2013
Register of Charities - one step closer14 Feb 2013
Charities Bill Passes Consideration Stage17 Dec 2012
NICVA responds to Charities Bill20 Sep 2012
NICVA Responds to Charities Bill20 Sep 2012
Charities Bill Consideration20 Sep 2012
Charities Bill Introduced5 Jul 2012
Charities (Amendment) Bill Rescheduled22 Sep 2011
Public Benefit Issue Soon to be Resolved25 Jul 2011
Accounting Regulations for all Charities24 Jul 2011
Not All Charities to be Treated Equally11 Mar 2011
Charities Act (NI) 2008 to be Amended1 Nov 2010
Establishment of Register of Charities Delayed18 Jun 2010
Register of Charities Timescale Announced8 Jun 2010
Latest news from the Charity Commission10 Jan 2010
DSD advertises Charity Commissioners' Positions10 Jan 2009
Royal Assent for Charities Act (NI) 200810 Sep 2008
Final Stages for Charities Bill1 Jul 2008
Charities Bill: Extension of Committee Stage12 Feb 2008
Charities Bill for Northern Ireland Introduced12 Dec 2007
|Denise Copeland||Governance and Charity Advice Manager|