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Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) REGULATION OF CHARITIES IN NORTHERN IRELAND FOCUS Why do we need regulation? What has changed? Who is regulation for? What is regulation? What it means for you. What is happening in Northern Ireland & elsewhere? What has changed?

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focus
FOCUS
  • Why do we need regulation?
  • What has changed?
  • Who is regulation for?
  • What is regulation?
  • What it means for you.
  • What is happening in Northern Ireland & elsewhere?
what has changed
What has changed?
  • Greater public awareness
  • Greater sense of probity in the sector
  • Governance and accountability
  • Devolution & RPA
  • Crime prevention
  • Modernisation of legislation & housekeeping
charities sector in ni what does it look like
CHARITIES SECTOR IN NIWhat does it look like?
  • Relatively large voluntary and community sector compared to England & Wales (170,000), Scotland (23,000) Republic of Ireland (7,500).
  • Number of charities 5500-6500-9000?
  • Total annual income approx. £570m
  • Total expenditure £544m
  • Total assets £737m
  • Total workforce 26,737
  • Total volunteers 87,723

(State of the Sector V 2009 NICVA)

charities act northern ireland 2008 what will it do
CHARITIES ACT (Northern Ireland) 2008What will it do ?
  • Charities Commission for Northern Ireland
  • 12 headings plus 2 NI definitions
  • Charity Test
  • Fully inclusive compulsory charities register
  • 167 Charities
  • All charities to make annual returns financial and performance
  • New regulation of Public Charitable Collections
  • Regulation of professional fund-raisers
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisation
  • Trustee indemnity insurance
  • Incorporation of charity trustees
  • Deregulation
  • Charity Tribunal
charity commission for northern ireland what is its role
CHARITY COMMISSION FOR NORTHERN IRELANDWhat is its role?
  • Public confidence objective
  • Public benefit objective
  • Compliance objective
  • Charitable resources objective
  • Accountability objective

Trust – Confidence - Awareness - Understanding - Effectiveness

charity commissioners
CHARITY COMMISSIONERS

Tom Mc Grath Paddy Sloan Walter Rader

Philip Mc Donagh Angila Chada Paul Cavanagh

charitable headings
CHARITABLE HEADINGS

a) the prevention or relief of poverty;

b) the advancement of education;

c) the advancement of religion;

d) the advancement of health or the saving of lives;

e) the advancement of citizenship or community development;

f) the advancement of the arts, culture, heritage or science;

g) the advancement of amateur sport;

h) the advancement of human rights, conflict resolution

or reconciliation or the promotion of religious or racial harmony or equality

and diversity;

i) the advancement of environmental protection or improvement;

j) the relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability,

financial hardship or other disadvantage;

k) the advancement of animal welfare;

l) any other purposes within paragraph (4).

public benefit
PUBLIC BENEFIT
  • Established for charitable purposes ONLY
  • Fall within one of 12 headings

AND

  • Is for the public benefit
  • No presumption of public benefit
  • Not party political
  • Public benefit test
        • Benefit gained or likely to be gained by members
        • Detriment incurred or likely to be incurred compared with the benefit gained or likely to be gained
        • Whether any condition, charge or fee is unduly restrictive
  • CCNI must issue guidance
  • Public consultation
religion as a charitable purpose
RELIGION AS A CHARITABLE PURPOSE
  • CLAUSE 2. (2) (C)

The advancement of religion

  • CLAUSE 2. (3)

In subsection (2)---

(a) in paragraph (c) “religion” includes---

(i) a religion which involves belief in one god or more than one god, and

(ii) any analogous philosophical belief (whether or not involving belief in a god);

designated religious status
DESIGNATED RELIGIOUS STATUS
  • Recognition of special circumstances
  • Sought after registration
  • Not automatic, must apply, discretion of CCNI
  • Conditions to be met
        • Advancement of religion principle purpose
        • Regular holding public worship principle activity
        • Established in N. Ireland least 5 years
        • Sound internal governance structures
  • Does not remove reporting or accounting
  • Exemption clause 33-36
        • Powers intervention
        • Suspension, removal & appointment
        • Interim manager
        • Direction to protect
  • Can be withdrawn
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CHARITY ACCOUNTS

£100k or less

£100k to £500k

£500k or more

Yes

Prepare fully accrued

audited accounts as

per clause 65 (2)

Yes

Are you a company?

Are you a company?

No

No

Does your constitution

Say you should produce

accrued accounts or

have your trustees decided

that you should?

Prepare fully accrued

accounts as

per clause 65 (3)

Yes

No

Prepare receipts & payments

accounts with statement

of assets & liabilities as per 64 (3)

Accounts signed off by

auditor

Accounts signed off by

independent person

Accounts signed off by

independent examiner

Return made to Charity Commission for Northern Ireland

charity tribunal what if i don t agree
CHARITY TRIBUNALWhat if I don’t agree?
  • New independent body established by Charities Act.
  • Will hear and determine on appeals and applications made to it relating to decisions by the CCNI.
  • List of reviewable matters at schedule 3
  • Appeals/applications may be brought by;
      • Attorney General
      • Trustees
      • The charity
      • Individual persons affected by a decision by CCNI
      • CCNI
  • Set up under the Northern Ireland Court Service
  • No cost or charge involved unless legally represented
uk ireland regulators forum how do we seek consistency in approach
UK & IRELAND REGULATORS FORUMHow do we seek consistency in approach?
  • Established October 2006
  • Membership – CC / OSCR / DSD / Dept. of Community Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (ROI)
  • Forum for discussion on charity matters between jurisdictions
  • Address issues of consistency & interpretation
  • Black bag collections
cross border all island charities
CROSS BORDER & ALL ISLAND CHARITIES
  • Cross Bordering Monitoring Group established to consider issues.
  • Need to minimise over administration & reporting.
  • Agree joint monitoring arrangements.
  • Ensure reporting of activities in each jurisdiction.
  • Ministerial meeting to consider all-Ireland charities.
timetable when is this all going to happen
TIMETABLEWhen is this all going to happen?
  • Sep 08 Royal Assent
  • Mar 09 First Commencement Order
  • Jun 09 Appointment of Commissioners
  • Jun 09 Commission established
  • Sep 09 Consultation on public benefit
  • Sep 09 Second Commencement Order
  • Jan 09 Publication of Public Benefit guidance
  • Apr 10 First new registrations
  • Oct 10 Charitable Incorporated Organisations
  • Apr 11 Public collections
  • Apr 11 First financial returns and reports
does charities regulation matter and who cares
Does charities regulation matter and who cares?
  • Charities
  • Public
  • Police
  • Politicians
  • Media
  • You
contacts how to get in touch
CONTACTSHow to get in touch
  • Seamus Murray tel: 028 90515491 seamus.murray@dsdni.gov.uk
  • Roy Mc Givern tel: 028 90515492 roy.mcgivern@dsdni.gov.uk
  • Vera Mc Cann tel: 028 90515493 vera.mccann@dsdni.gov.uk
  • Anne Killen tel: 028 90515494 anne.killen@dsdni.gov.uk
  • Kevin Kennedy tel: 028 90515490 kevin.kennedy@dsdni.gov.uk
  • Kieran Doyle tel: 028 90515495 kieran.doyle@dsdni.gov.uk
  • Paul Slevin tel: 028 90515490 paul.slevin@dsdni.gov.uk
  • www.charitycommissionni.org
  • admin@charitycommissionni.org
  • Charity Commission for Northern Ireland

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