This page contains information on our current and previous consultations. The Commission is keen to hear your views on the aspects of the work that we are consulting on.
Public consultation on interim reporting requirements for registered charities
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland opened a consultation on 23 September 2013 on the interim reporting requirements for registered charities in Northern Ireland, to provide an opportunity for anyone involved, or interested, in the work of charities to help shape the requirements before they go live in April 2014.
At present, charities in Northern Ireland are not required to submit annual monitoring returns or accounts and reports to the Commission for inspection. This will change after compulsory registration of charities begins soon, with annual reporting by charities playing an important role in the Commission’s regulation and monitoring work as well as helping to ensure the register of charities is accurate and up to date.
To make the process for regulation and monitoring of charities as accessible and smooth as possible, the reporting requirements for all newly registered charities in Northern Ireland will be introduced on a phased basis.
The Commission’s consultation is focussed on phase one, the interim requirements. Under this phase, registered charities will have to submit an annual monitoring return, including their annual accounts and reports in the format they currently prepare them, to the Commission for annual inspection.
The interim requirements will last until the full accounting and reporting regulations, made by the Department for Social Development, come into effect (phase two). A further consultation on phase two will is anticipated in 2014.
Interim reporting – have your say
The Interim reporting requirements for charities consultation will run from Monday 23 September to Friday 13 December 2013 and the Commission hopes anyone interested within the charity sector, the public sector, the general public and other stakeholders will take the opportunity to engage and contribute.
The consultation document, including a copy of the draft annual monitoring return and the consultation response form, a series of frequently asked questions and the consultation event feedback form, are available below:
There are a number of ways you can take part and share your views on the proposals, which are summarised below. A number of public consultation events were held during the consultation, however, these are all now complete.
How to respond to the consultation
Online survey: Complete the Commission’s online survey which can be accessed by clicking here (opens in a new page)
Email and post: Download the Word version of the consultation reponse form and email the completed consultation form to email@example.com or send by post to: Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, 257 Lough Road, Lurgan, Craigavon, BT66 6NQ
Telephone: Call the Commission on 028 3832 0220.
You can also keep up to date on the consultation via Twitter at @CharityCommNI using the hashtag #NIcharities
Once the Commission’s consultation is complete, all responses received will be analysed and collated with a summary of responses provided on the Commission’s website early next year.
The updated interim reporting guidance and annual monitoring form will also be published in early 2014, in preparation for the interim reporting requirements to go live on 1 April 2014.
Public benefit and registration guidance consultation
The Commission's most recent consultation was on our draft Public benefit statutory guidance and Registering as a charity in Northern Ireland: guidance. This consultation ended on Monday 6 May 2013.
Thank-you to everyone who took the time to contribute to our consultation and share their views on our draft guidance.
All consultation responses we received have now been analysed and collated. Our full consultation report, which includes general information about the consultation as well as a summary of the responses received, is available to read or download below:
Public benefit and registration draft guidance - consultation report (MS Word, 1.94MB)
Public benefit and registration draft guidance - consultation report (PDF, 1.21MB)
Alternatively, you may wish to read or download our summary report, which provides an overview of responses received:
Public benefit and registration draft guidance - summary consultation report (MS Word, 591KB)
Public benefit and registration draft guidance - summary consultation report (PDF, 196KB)
In preparation for compulsory charity registration to begin later this year, we have now published our statutory guidance, The public benefit requirement, which is available to read or download here. We will publish our updated registration guidance later this summer.
To read or download copies of all our draft public benefit and registration guidance consultation documents please see the links below.
We strongly recommend that anyone interested in our consultation read our: Public benefit statutory guidance, the Public and Benefit Elements and our Registering as a charity in Northern Ireland: guidance in the first instance.
You may also wish to read the guidance document which is relevant to your charity's purpose.
Key guidance documents:
Guidance documents related to each charitable purpose:
Consultation on our draft Equality Scheme and Action Plan 2012-2017
In 2012 the Commission held a consultation on our draft Equality Scheme and Action Plan 2012-2017. This consultation ended on Friday 8 June 2012.
You can view the consultation documents on the links below:
Equality Scheme and Action Plan easy read document (MS Word, 4.18MB)
Equality Scheme and Action Plan summary document (MS Word 541KB)
Thank you to all of those who took the time to respond. We received a wide range of feedback and comments. The final version of our Integrated Equality Scheme and Action Plan 2012-2017 is available to read or download from our website here.
A summary of responses received during the consultation is also available. This document includes general information about the consultation as well as a summary of the responses received.
Draft Equality Scheme and Action Plan - Summary of responses to our consultation (MS Word 186KB)
Draft Equality Scheme and Action Plan - Summary of responses to our consultation (PDF 184KB)
If you have any queries about our current or previous consultations please contact us.