Northern Ireland's New Charity Commission

This is a temporary information page to keep the public, charities and other interested parties up to date with the changes that are taking place.  We will regularly update this as we move forward.

Public Appointments to Charity Commission for Northern Ireland

The Department for Social Development (DSD) is currently seeking to make a number of appointments to the new Charity Commission for Northern Ireland. The closing date for applications is Friday 20 February 2009 at 4:00pm.
More information on the recruitment process for Public Appointments to Charity Commission for Northern Ireland
 
Once fully established Charity Commission for Northern Ireland will develop its own website and other communication methods.
Before the introduction of the new charity legislation in Northern Ireland, there was no local registration of charities and only limited control of how charities were run. Usually charities had applied to HM Revenue & Customs for tax benefits and received a reference number.
The Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 will create a new body the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland which will have Commissioners and staff.  It will establish a compulsory charity register of all charities operating in Northern Ireland. It will provide a charity test of who is and who isn’t a charity. It will also put in place new requirements for all public collections.  All of this will allow better supervision, control and support of charities.
It is important to note that although the Charities Act (NI) 2008 is now in place this is primary legislation, it provides the broad legislative framework.  It is the subordinate legislation which puts the actual powers and actions of the primary legislation into operation.  So the requirements under the new Act do not come into force until the subordinate legislation makes them happen.  Please see the outline timetable at the link below to see when things are planned to happen.
The new structures will help charities to show the great contribution they make to society.  It will also let people see how charities are spending their donations and allow government to help charities manage themselves better encouraging best practice.
For more information and detail on the key aspects of the new arrangements please click on the link below:
If you have any further questions please email vcu@dsdni.gov.uk or contact the Charities Implementation Team in the Voluntary and Community Unit