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

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.  

Independent review of charity regulation has commenced

10 Mar 2021Denise Copeland Charity Regulation, Governance and Charity AdviceCharity Regulation

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

AGMs and company house filings

18 Dec 2020Denise Copeland COVID 19, Governance (COVID19), Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance, accountability, Charity Regulation

Companies, registered societies and credit unions that are due to hold an AGM in early 2021 will be glad to hear that they will be permitted to hold this online.

Trustee annual reporting webinar recording

6 Nov 2020Denise Copeland Governance and Charity Advice, Charity Annual ReportingCharity Regulation, Governance, accounting, Webinar Recordings

If you missed our webinar on Trustee annual reporting for Trustees' Week you can watch it now at the link below. 

Charities SORP - Time for Trustees to have their say

30 Oct 2020Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceFinance, Charity Regulation, trustees

Charities which prepare accounts on the accruals basis are legally required to apply the Charities SORP.  This SORP is in the early stages of being redeveloped and charity trustees' views are being sought.

Responsible investment

6 Mar 2020Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceFinance, Charity Regulation

Should you be investing your charity funds more wisely? 

31 Jan - Charity annual reporting deadline

15 Jan 2020Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceCharity Regulation

If your registered charity's financial year is 1 April - 31 March then you will have a deadline of 31 January in which to submit your annual monitoring return to the Charity Commission.