Public consultation on proposed changes to the charity Annual Monitoring Return 2018
Have your say on proposed changes to the charity Annual Monitoring Return 2018, as the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland launches its latest public consultation.
“Annual reporting by registered charities is a vital tool for the Commission, allowing us to undertake regular checks and collect information on charities,” explained Myles McKeown, the Commission’s Head of Compliance and Enquiries.
“A key part of annual reporting is the annual monitoring return, known as the AMR, which all registered charities must complete and submit when reporting to the Commission.
“This consultation is looking for views on the questions charities will be asked within the 2018 AMR, and taking part is a great opportunity to have your say.”
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 relevant financial year, with the amount of information to be provided depending on the income of the charity.
This updated AMR, once finalised, will apply to charities whose financial years start after 1 January 2018.
Mr McKeown continued: “To help support charities reporting to the Commission, we are proposing to make some changes to the questions asked in the current AMR.
“These changes are aimed at assisting charities to submit the correct information, in the correct format, when they report to us and are based on learning from charity AMRs we have received to date.
“Annual reporting to the Commission is an important part of running a charity and I would encourage anyone with an interest in charities to have a look at the changes we are proposing and let us know what they think.”
The Commission’s consultation opened on Tuesday 12 September 2017 and will run for 10 weeks, closing at 5pm on 20 November 2017.
To find out more about the proposed changes and take part in the consultation please click here.
A consultation event will take place on Thursday 12 October 2017, from 2pm-4pm at NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast. To book your place email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information please contact Shirley Kernan, Charity Commission for Northern Ireland Communications Officer, on tel: 028 3832 0169, mobile: 07827338978 or email: email@example.com
Notes to editors
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is the regulator of charities in Northern Ireland.
In keeping with its function as charity regulator, the Commission has produced a wide range of guidance to assist and support charities in meeting their requirements under charity law. This includes a range of guidance and support on annual reporting.
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.