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

Alert - new charity SORP published for comment

29 Jul 2013Denise Copeland HR, Governance and Charity AdviceEmploying People, Charity Regulation

Nigel Davies, Technical Secretary to the charity SORP Committee, and Fiona Muldoon, Monitoring and Compliance Manager at the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, outline how you can comment on the new SORP.

Legal Structures for Voluntary and Community Groups

1 Jul 2013Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance Advice Notes, Charity Regulation

This guidance identifies the different kinds of legal structures that exist and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Charity Commission has Legislative Powers to Begin Registration

28 Jun 2013Denise Copeland Governance and Charity Advice, Charity RegulationCharity Regulation

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has been given the necessary legislative powers to begin registration of all charities in Northern Ireland.

NICVA's Response to Charity Registration and the Public Benefit Statutory Guidance

1 May 2013Denise Copeland Policy & Public Affairs, Governance and Charity Advice, Charity RegulationCharity Regulation

This is NICVA's response to the Charity Commission’s 2013 consultation on the 'public benefit statutory guidance'.

Update and Briefing on the Charities Act (NI) 2008

1 May 2013Denise Copeland Governance and Charity Advice, Charity RegulationCharity Regulation

In September 2008, further to receipt of Royal Assent, the Charities Act (NI) 2008 came into being.  This article offers a brief explanation of the progress of the implementation of the main provisions of the Act.

Charity Commission guidance on registration and public benefit

26 Mar 2013Denise Copeland Governance and Charity Advice, Charity RegulationCharity Regulation

NICVA and the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland came together on Monday 25 March to discuss the new charity registration and public benefit guidance with representatives from across the voluntary and community sector.

Charity Registration and the Public Benefit Statutory Guidance: Briefing

1 Mar 2013Denise Copeland Governance and Charity Advice, Charity RegulationCharity Regulation

This briefing highlights the key areas of both the statutory guidance on public benefit and the charity registration guidance.

Register of Charities - one step closer

14 Feb 2013Denise Copeland Governance and Charity Advice, Charity RegulationCharity Regulation

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has launched a consultation into its statutory guidance on Public Benefit, following royal assent for the Charities Act (2013).

Northern Ireland Register of charities to be established in 2013

18 Dec 2012Denise Copeland Governance and Charity Advice, Charity RegulationCharity Regulation

An amendment to the Charities Act (NI) 2008, which clarifies the wording of the public benefit test, paves the way for a Register of charities to be established for Northern Ireland.

Charities Bill Passes Consideration Stage

17 Dec 2012Denise Copeland Governance and Charity Advice, Charity RegulationCharity Regulation

The Charities Bill (2012) has now passed consideration stage in the Assembly and the Committee for Social Development has issued its report on the Bill.