Public consultation on proposed changes to the Annual Monitoring Return 2018
The Commission has opened a public consultation on proposed changes to the Annual Monitoring Return (AMR) 2018.
To keep the register of charities up to date, and allow the Commission to monitor and regulate charities, registered charities must, under the law, provide certain information to the Commission on an annual basis.
All registered charities are therefore required to complete and submit an AMR, along with the charity’s accounts and reports for the relevant financial year. The AMR asks questions about each charity’s activities, governance and finances during the year, with the amount of information to be provided depending on the income of the charity.
The Commission’s basic compliance testing on AMRs submitted to date has shown that a significant number of charities fail to include pieces of information, which are legally required.
The Commission proposes to change the current AMR to better support charity trustees in responding to all the questions and submitting the right information, in the right format. None of the proposed changes place new requirements upon charities, but are aimed at providing more assistance with annual reporting.
The consultation document, which includes the proposed changes and our consultation questions, is available below:
AMR18 consultation document and response form
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How to take part in the consultation
There are a number of ways you can take part and share your views on the proposed changes:
- Online survey: Complete the Commission’s online survey which can be accessed by clicking here (opens in a new page)
- Attend our consultation event: This will take place on Thursday 12 October 2017, from 2pm-4pm at NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast. To reserve a place at this event please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Email and post: Download the Word version of the consultation document (available above) and email the completed consultation form to email@example.com or send by post to:
Charity Commission for Northern Ireland
257 Lough Road, Lurgan
You can also keep up to date on the consultation via Twitter at @CharityCommNI using the hashtag #NIcharities
What happens next?
The Commission’s consultation, which opened on Tuesday 12 September 2017 will close at 5pm on Monday 20 November 2017.
Following the closure of the consultation, the Commission will collate and analyse the responses it has received, publishing a consultation report and a final version of the guidance later in 2017.
The updated AMR will apply to charities’ whose financial period start after 1 January 2018.