The Charity Commission for NI Current Consultations

The Commission is currently seeking feedback on two key areas of it's work:

  • The Commission's draft Strategic Plan 2019-2022
  • Proposed compliance actions for charities whose annual monitoring return (AMR) fails basic compliance testing by the Commission

The Commission’s draft Strategic Plan 2019-2022

 

The Commission is developing a new strategic plan to guide its work from 2019-2022. The finalised plan will set organisational priorities to enable the Commission to deliver the statutory framework governing charity regulation in Northern Ireland. We are developing this new strategic plan in the context of ongoing reductions in public spending, which are likely to continue during the life of this plan and perhaps beyond. With the Commission’s resources being cut in real terms over the next few years, our strategic plan must address how and to what extent the Commission can fulfil its objectives effectively and efficiently. As we develop this strategic agenda, we are using this comment phase to seek the views of the charity sector, stakeholders and the public.

 

How can you engage with the Commission during this comment phase?

 

There are a variety of ways you can provide your comments on the Commission’s strategic agenda:

  1. Complete an online questionnaire which is available at: www.charitycommissionni.org.uk
  2. Complete the questions in this document and either:
    -  
    Email it to [email protected] or
    -  Post it to Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, 257 Lough Road, Lurgan, Northern Ireland, BT66 6NQ

Comments should be submitted as early as possible before the comment phase closes at 5pm on Monday 12 November 2018.

 

You can also keep updated on our engagement, and other Commission news, via our Twitter feed @CharitycomNI using #NIcharities

 

Proposed compliance actions for charities whose annual monitoring return (AMR) fails basic compliance testing by the Commission.

 

From April 2017 to March 2018 the Commission conducted basic compliance checks on 53 per cent of the Annual Monitoring Returns (AMRs) it had received from registered charities. Unfortunately, one in three of the AMRs checked by the Commission failed the basic compliance checks. This level of compliance is not only unacceptable, it is also unfair to those charity trustees who ensure that the AMR for their charity complies with the Regulations and is submitted before the deadline date.

 

This consultation seeks your views on proposals for possible consequences for charities in relation to failed basic compliance checks. We propose to add to a charity’s entry on the register to indicate that they have been subject to a basic compliance check and highlight where a charity has failed to comply with regulatory guidance issued in relation to these failed compliance checks.

 

How can you engage with the Commission’s consultation?

 

The consultation will run for eight weeks, beginning on Wednesday 26 September 2018 and closing at 5pm on Wednesday 21 November 2018.

 

You can take part in the consultation using any of the following methods:

  1. Complete the online questionnaire available at www.charitycommissionni.org.uk
  2. Complete the questions set out in appendix 3 of this document and either:
    -  Email it to [email protected] or
    -  Post it to Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, 257 Lough Road, Lurgan, Northern Ireland, BT66 6NQ

Further information is available on the Current consultations page of our website at www.charitycommissionni.org.uk.