2016 NI Assembly Election Candidates

13 Apr 2016Jenna Maghie Policy & Public AffairsPolicy

Elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly take place on Thursday 5th May.  The deadline for registering to stand as a candidate has now passed. In 2016 there are 276 candidates seeking election to 108 Assembly seats. 

Newry, Mourne and Down Community Planning Fora

14 Mar 2016Jenny McEneaney Local Government Reformlocal government reform, Policy

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council recently enlisted NICVA's Social Enterprise Sector Matters with help in administering their community planning fora application process. The DEA fora presents an exciting opportunity for the sector.

Accounting and reporting guidance for charities - NICVA response

11 Mar 2016Denise Copeland Charity RegulationGovernance, Policy

NICVA welcomes the Charity Commission’s guidance on the new accounting and reporting regulations. 

NICVA Conversation Zone - Alliance Party Conference 2016

3 Mar 2016Jenna Maghie Policy & Public AffairsPolicy

Conversation Zone is a chance for voluntary and community organisations to meet with key elected members of the Alliance Party and raise the issues that are important to them and the people they work with.

Gambling review update 2016

22 Feb 2016Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance, Policy, Charity Regulation, Fundraising

In 2011, the Department for Social Development launched a public consultation on the Future Regulation of Gambling in Northern Ireland.

2016 Assembly Elections - Key Dates

17 Feb 2016Jenna Maghie Policy, Lobbying Bill, Policy Manifesto

In the run up to the 2016 Assembly Elections there are a number of key dates organisations should be aware of to plan their work and ensure they are abiding by the rules set out by the Lobbying Act.

Houses of Parliament Training Day

29 Jan 2016Jenna Maghie Policy & Public AffairsPolicy

On Friday 19th of February representatives on the UK Parliament are hosting events in NICVA to help people discover more about the work of the Parliament and how they can get involved.

Evason Report: Too Long, Didn't Read

20 Jan 2016Jenna Maghie Policy & Public AffairsPolicy, Welfare Reform

On 19th January the Evason Group, or the Welfare Reform Working Group, established by the 'A Fresh Start' Agreement published their recommendations for the mitigation of the impacts of welfare reform. 

How could the rates review affect your organisation?

9 Dec 2015Bob Harper Policy & Public AffairsRates, Finance, accounting, Policy

The review of the non-domestic rating system makes some proposals around the current exemptions that charitable organisations receive on their properties. Voluntary and community organisations could be affected. Here we examine how.

RO:COP Lobbying and Campaigning Roundtable Networking Event

13 Nov 2015Roisin Kelly Reaching Out: Connecting Older PeoplePolicy

The bi-annual RO:COP roundtable event took place on Wednesday, 11 November in NICVA and was a great success.