Regulator calls for feedback on draft equality guidance
Northern Ireland’s charity regulator is calling interested parties and individuals to share their views on its draft Equality guidance for charities in Northern Ireland.
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has today (Tuesday 3 February 2015) opened a public consultation on its draft guidance, which aims to support charities in understanding the complexities of equality legislation as it affects them.
Frances McCandless, Chief Executive of the Commission, commented: “The equality guidance covers the intersection between charity and equality law and is designed to help charity trustees understand the complex legislative environment in which they work.
“For example, some of the key aspects covered include what exceptions apply to charities and what is and isn’t acceptable under charity and equality legislation.
“Compliance with equality law is a key requirement and this consultation is an opportunity for trustees to support the work of the Commission and gain a better understanding of how the law affects them.”
The Commission’s consultation on its draft equality guidance opened on Tuesday 3 February 2015 and will run for 12 weeks.
There are a number of ways participants can share their views on the guidance, which is downloadable from the Commission’s website here.
- share their views by answering a series of questions and add their comments via an online questionnaire
- download a MS Word copy of the questionnaire (available here), complete and return it to Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, 257 Lough Road, Lurgan, Northern Ireland, BT66 6NQ or email@example.com.
- attend one of four panel discussions being held in Lurgan, Derry/Londonderry, Belfast and Cookstown. More information, including how to book a place, is available here.
Aoife Morrison, the Commission’s Policy and Research Manager said she hoped as many individuals and organisations as possible would take the time to read the guidance and share their thoughts.
She commented: “Our equality guidance will be a vital resource for charities, supporting them in understanding their responsibilities under the law.
“However, before we finalise the guidance, we are calling on anyone interested to let us know what they think – is the guidance accessible and comprehensive, is there anything missing or unclear?
“While our consultation won’t impact on equality legislation itself, it is aimed at helping charities by ensuring the guidance suits their needs and actively supports them in understanding the law and signposting to relevant support.”
The Commission's draft equality guidance was developed with the assistance of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.
It is available as a downloadable PDF here and will be of particular interest to charity trustees, charity support organisations, charity beneficiaries, service users and members of the public.
For more information on the Commission’s consultation, or other aspects of the Commission’s work, please visit the Public consultations section of www.charitycommissionni.org.uk or keep updated by following the Commission’s Twitter feed @CharityCommNI.
For more information please contact Shirley Kernan, Charity Commission for Northern Ireland Communications Officer, on tel: 028 3832 0169 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 guidance on registering as a charity in Northern Ireland, the public benefit requirement and annual reporting requirements.
The Commission's consultation on its draft Equality guidance for charities in Northern Ireland will close at 5pm on Tuesday 28 April 2018. Following this the Commission will collate and analyse the responses it has received, publishing a consultation report and a final version of the guidance later in 2015.