Religious Designation for Registered Charities

March 24, 2017

Under the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 (“the Act”), faith-based charities can apply for religious designation, a status that exempts them from a number of sections of the Act. What is religious designation? The aim of religious designation is to ensure that the regulatory powers of the Charity Commission are proportionate to the supervisory and … Continue reading Religious Designation for Registered Charities

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Annual Reporting Requirements for Small Charitable Trusts

June 21, 2016

Under the Charities (Accounts and Reports) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015, it is now a legal requirement for all registered charities to report annually to the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI). Through the annual reporting programme registered charities will be required to: Complete and submit an online annual monitoring return form; and Submit their accounts … Continue reading Annual Reporting Requirements for Small Charitable Trusts

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Northern Ireland High Court finds that single trustees do have standing to seek review of decisions made by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland

January 15, 2016

The High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland has recently held that the Charity Tribunal for Northern Ireland (“the Charity Tribunal”) incorrectly ruled that individual charity trustees did not have standing to seek review of the decisions by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (“the Commission”). The case concerned a decision by the Commission to … Continue reading Northern Ireland High Court finds that single trustees do have standing to seek review of decisions made by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland

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Contracting with Charities

November 6, 2015

In the current climate of corporate social responsibility and growing awareness of ethical business and consumer practices, companies are increasingly finding themselves in a situation where they wish to contract with a charity. Whether a business wishes to contract as a means of making donations, entering into a joint project with a charity, or even … Continue reading Contracting with Charities

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Charities registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland: what Annual Reporting is required?

October 1, 2015

Charity law relating to accounting and reporting has not yet been fully developed. The Department for Social Development (DSD) is responsible for developing the full accounting and reporting regulations which will specify the form and content of charity accounts, and the level of review or audit these accounts must have. They will also set out … Continue reading Charities registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland: what Annual Reporting is required?

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The Department for Social Development launch consultation to seek views on the preparation of charities accounts

September 24, 2015

On 1 September 2015, the Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey MLA, launched a consultation to seek views on how the accounts of charities in Northern Ireland are prepared and scrutinised. The consultation document can be viewed here. Under Part 8 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008, all charities will have to prepare annual accounts … Continue reading The Department for Social Development launch consultation to seek views on the preparation of charities accounts

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Draft Protection of Charities Bill published and new funding for charity Commission announced- October 2014

January 22, 2015

In late October the Cabinet Office published the Draft Protection of Charities Bill which aims to provide better protection for charities in England and Wales from abuse and equip the Charity Commission of England and Wales with the powers to tackle abuse more effectively. Published along with this was the government’s response to a consultation dealing with amending … Continue reading Draft Protection of Charities Bill published and new funding for charity Commission announced- October 2014

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Contesting legacies – Warning for Charities

October 29, 2014

Probate litigation involving charities has nearly doubled in recent years. Gone are the days of people feeling embarrassed or ashamed about challenging a deceased loved one’s will. Society’s increased awareness of probate disputes have contributed to this no longer being a taboo subject. People believe that charities will often want to avoid negative publicity and press coverage, … Continue reading Contesting legacies – Warning for Charities

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Charities urged to shine light on executive pay

In 2013, following heated media debate about the salaries of senior executives of charities, particularly large international aid charities, the NCVO set up an inquiry into charity senior executive pay and has published a report on its inquiry into charity senior executive pay and guidance for trustees on setting remuneration. The report calls for greater transparency in the … Continue reading Charities urged to shine light on executive pay

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Stark Warning to all Charity Trustees: Be Alert to Threats to Solvency

October 7, 2014

A recent decision in the Chancery Division of the High Court in the case of Denis Stewart, Kathryn Fee, Jackie (sic) Fitzsimons, Clarke Frampton, Tony (sic) Gallagher, Eric Rainey and Sean Donaghy v Her Majesty’s Attorney General for Northern Ireland [2013] NICh 10 sounded a grave warning to all charity Trustees. Mr Justice Deeny appealed to Trustees to … Continue reading Stark Warning to all Charity Trustees: Be Alert to Threats to Solvency

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RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN CHARITIES LEGISLATION IN NORTHERN IRELAND – MAY 2013

May 31, 2013

The Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 (“2008 Act”) received Royal Assent on 9th September 2008 and is being phased in by a series of Commencement Orders. To date, three Commencement Orders have come into effect. Each Commencement Order gives a date by which each section of the 2008 Act becomes “live”. The above Commencement Orders have brought into … Continue reading RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN CHARITIES LEGISLATION IN NORTHERN IRELAND – MAY 2013

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