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

Public Benefit Issue Soon to be Resolved

25 Jul 2011Denise Copeland Governance and Charity Advice, Charity RegulationCharity Regulation

There is still no date for the establishment of the Register of Charities as the issue with the public benefit test has still not been resolved.

Accounting Regulations for all Charities

24 Jul 2011Denise Copeland Governance and Charity Advice, Charity RegulationCharity Regulation

Despite the delay over the establishment of the Register of Charities, the DSD is currently working on preparing further secondary legislation and hopes to launch draft accounting regulations for consultation in September/October this year. 

Charity Commission Announces Introduction of Charity Regulation to Northern Ireland

7 Mar 2011Denise Copeland Charity RegulationCharity Regulation

In an announcement welcomed by NICVA, the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) has publicised the introduction of charity regulation to Northern Ireland.

Charity Commission Launches Pre-registration Process

20 Feb 2011Denise Copeland Charity RegulationCharity Regulation

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) has been contacting groups in order to verify the details passed on to them by HM Revenue and Customs.

Viewfinder 9

22 Nov 2010Andrea Thornbury ResearchCharity Regulation, Governance, Collaboration, Economy, Viewfinder (Research)

This Viewfinder survey looks at awareness of the new Charity Commission and preparedness for the new regulations; the Code of Good Governance; collaborative working and mergers; the impact of the economic recession and volunteering.

Charities Act (NI) 2008 to be Amended

1 Nov 2010Denise Copeland Governance and Charity Advice, Charity RegulationCharity Regulation

Alex Attwood, the new Minister for Social Development, has directed that the Charities Act (NI) 2008 be amended to clarify the law on the public benefit test. 

Establishment of Register of Charities Delayed

18 Jun 2010Denise Copeland Governance and Charity Advice, Charity RegulationCharity Regulation

The Charity Commission has identified a potential technical hitch with some of the wording in the Charities Act and has asked the Department for Social Development to investigate.

Register of Charities Timescale Announced

8 Jun 2010Denise Copeland Governance and Charity Advice, Charity RegulationCharity Regulation

The Charity Commission has announced that the Register of Charities for Northern Ireland will be operational by the end of June.  

Latest news from the Charity Commission

10 Jan 2010Denise Copeland Governance and Charity Advice, Charity RegulationCharity Regulation

NICVA has got the latest update on the implementation timetable for various provisions of the Charities Act following a recent meeting with the Secretariat of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.

Public Benefit Test Guidance Consultation Launched

1 Sep 2009Denise Copeland Governance and Charity Advice, Charity RegulationCharity Regulation

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has embarked on its first major piece of work with the launch of the public benefit test guidance for consultation on 3 September in NICVA.