Charity Regulation

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has now commenced compulsory registration of charities.  We provide the sector with the most up to date information on the key changes in charity regulation.  For the latest on new charity regulations and a history of recent charity law reform in NI, please see our dedicated charity regulation webpage

Unhappy with a Charity Commission decision made prior to May 2019?

13 Apr 2022Denise Copeland Charity Regulation, Governance and Charity AdviceCharity Regulation, Charity commission

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

17 Feb 2022Denise Copeland Governance and Charity Advice, Charity Annual Reporting, Charity RegulationFinance, Annual Reports, Charity Regulation

Annual reporting for all registered charities is reinstated now that the Charities Act (NI) 2022 has received royal assent. 

Charities Act (NI) 2022

17 Feb 2022Denise Copeland Charity Regulation, Governance and Charity AdviceCharity Regulation, Charity commission

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

21 Jan 2022Denise Copeland Governance and Charity Advice, Charity RegulationCharity Regulation

The Independent Review Panel of Charity Regulation in NI has launched its report at a special stakeholder on 20 January 2022. 

NICVA's response to the Charities Bill

16 Aug 2021Denise Copeland Charity Regulation, PolicyCharity commission, Charity Regulation

NICVA has prepared a response to the Charities Bill 2021.  Closing date for receipt of responses is Friday 3 September 2021.

Charities Bill – your views are being sought by the Communities Committee

9 Aug 2021Denise Copeland Charity Regulation, Policy & Public AffairsCharity Regulation

Further to the introduction of the Charities Bill to the Assembly in June, the Committee for Communities has launched its ‘Call for Evidence and Views’ and seeks your views by Friday 3 September. 

NICVA response to the independent review of charity regulation

7 May 2021Denise Copeland Charity Regulation, Governance and Charity Advice, Policy & Public AffairsCharity Regulation, Charity commission

NICVA has prepared its response to the independent review of charity regulation.  Closing date for receipt of responses is Wednesday 12 May 2021.  

Have your say in the future of charity regulation

30 Apr 2021Denise Copeland Governance and Charity Advice, Charity RegulationGovernance, Charity Regulation

The closing date for responses to the independent review of charity regulation is 12 May 2021. Please take this opportunity to comment on changes that are needed to help voluntary and community organisations. 

Independent review of charity regulation – please complete this questionnaire

21 Apr 2021Denise Copeland Governance and Charity Advice, Charity RegulationCharity Regulation

The Independent Review Panel of Charity Regulation (the Panel) seeks your views on how well the charities regulatory framework, which is administered by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, is working and what could work better. 

Special rules for holding company AGMs online have ended

20 Apr 2021Denise Copeland Governance (COVID19), Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance, Charity Regulation

Companies must now follow their Articles of Association in relation to the holding of general meetings.