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Draft schemes

We publish our proposed schemes to let the public know about them and invite comments or representations. We must take into consideration any representations that we receive within the period of notice and may, as a result, decide that the proposals need to be changed.

Draft scheme in relation to The Presbyterian Widows Fund Association

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has made a draft scheme in relation to The Presbyterian Widows Fund Association.

The draft scheme, available to read or download below, is now open for comments or objections. Please forward any comments or objections to the Commission before the deadline of 5pm on 21 April 2021 using the comment form below.

Download Draft scheme - The Presbyterian Widows Fund Association PDF (339.8 KB)

Download Cy-pres comment on a scheme form (2) DOC (109.5 KB)

The Department for Communities (DfC) has given notice of its intention to make four Education Authority schemes. Information on these schemes is available on the DfC website here


Consents to regulated alterations

Under the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 (the ‘Act’), some changes to a charitable company’s articles of association must be approved by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland before they take effect.

Alterations to the objects, dissolution clause or authorisations for benefits to be paid to directors in any charitable company’s Memorandum and Articles of Association, or Articles of Association, must receive prior written consent from the Commission before they can become effective. For more information, please see the Consents for charitable companies section of our website. 

Authorising transactions

The Charities Act also gives the Commission powers to authorise any action proposed by a charity or, where the Commission is satisfied that it is expedient in the interests of the charity, to authorise transactions which are not normally a proper use of the charity’s resources, The Commission may also authorise the charity to apply property or to waive entitlement to receive property, where the Charity Trustees have no power to, but regard themselves as being under a moral obligation to do so.

The attachment below details the Commission's current orders and consents. Orders and consents are periodically removed after 12 months and archived. Older orders and consent are available to view on our, Archived decisions, directions, orders and reports page.

Download 20210322 Current regulated consents XLSX (761.7 KB)

Sealed orders

 Sealed order - Victoria Housing Estates Limited

The Commission has made an order, available below, to authorise a transaction under section 46 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 for the charity known as Victoria Housing Estates Limited.

Download 20200824 Sealed Order - Victoria Housing Estates Limited PDF (35.2 KB)

Sealed order - NIPSCBF

The Commission has made an order, available below, to authorise a transaction under section 46 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 for the charity known as NIPSCBF.

Download 20200824 Sealed order - NIPSCBF PDF (30.9 KB)

Sealed order - Northern Ireland Prison Service Central Benevolent Fund

The Commission has made an order, available below, to authorise a transaction under section 46 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 for the charity known as Northern Ireland Prison Service Central Benevolent Fund.

Download 20200824 Sealed order - Northern Ireland Prison Service Central Benevolent Fund PDF (29.2 KB)

 

 

Sealed schemes

The Commission has made a scheme in relation to Mountain Lodge Pentecostal Church.

The draft scheme was open for comments for 30 calendar days. The scheme, available below, has now been officially sealed by the Commission’

Download 20201215 Sealed scheme - Mountain Lodge Pentecostal Church PDF (301.9 KB)

The Commission has made a scheme in relation to Bethany Church Finaghy.

The draft scheme was open for comments for 30 calendar days. The Commission did not receive any comments during this time and the scheme, available below, has now been officially sealed by the Commission.

Download 20201123 Sealed scheme - Bethany Church Finaghy PDF (75.9 KB)