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Casework decisions

Please find below recent decisions made in relation to casework requests and other matters submitted to the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.

These decisions are currently being made at Commissioner level, in keeping with The Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2022.  

Under the new legislation, certain decisions may be delegated to staff in the future which will create greater efficiency. However, these must first be set out in a Scheme of Delegation, which will be consulted on before approval by the Department for Communities.

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 - Mary Josephine Marlay Charity

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has made a draft scheme in relation to Mary Josephine Marlay Charity.

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 (5pm on Monday 11 July 2022) by using the comment form below.

  • Mary Josephine Marlay Charity draft scheme
  • Comment form

Download Mary Josephine Marlay Charity - draft scheme PDF (168.4 KB)

Download Mary Josephine Marlay Charity - comment on a draft scheme form DOCX (37.5 KB)

Draft scheme - The Presbyterian Church Women’s Fund

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has made a draft scheme in relation to The Presbyterian Church Women’s Fund.

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 (5pm on Monday 27 June 2022) by using the comment form below.

  • The Presbyterian Church Women’s Fund draft scheme
  • Comment form

Download 20220527 Draft scheme Presbyterian Church Women's Fund PDF (155.8 KB)

Download 20220527 Comment on a draft scheme - The Presbyterian Church Women's Fund DOC (109.5 KB)

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. 

Below is a list of current regulated consents. These are periodically removed after 12 months and archived. Older consents are available to view on our Archived decisions, directions, orders and reports page.

Download 20220504 Current regulated consents XLSX (753.9 KB)

Authorising transactions/Sealed orders

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 list 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.

Sealed orders

Sealed Order - The Royal Ulster Constabulary GC - Police Service Of Northern Ireland 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 The Royal Ulster Constabulary GC - Police Service Of Northern Ireland Benevolent Fund.

Download 20220614 Sealed order - The Royal Ulster Constabulary GC - Police Service Of Northern Ireland Benevolent Fund PDF (21.4 KB)

Sealed Order - Edenvilla 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 Edenvilla Limited.

Download 20220614 Sealed order - Edenvilla Limited PDF (19.7 KB)

Sealed Order - Ballymena/Ballymena & Ballyclug/ St. Patrick/Connor/ Church of Ireland 

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 Ballymena/Ballymena & Ballyclug/St. Patrick/Connor Church of Ireland. 

Download 20210429 Sealed Order - Ballymena/Ballymena & Ballyclug/ St. Patrick/Connor/ Church of Ireland PDF (259.5 KB)

Sealed Order – The Speedwell Trust

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 The Speedwell Trust.

Download Sealed order - Speedwell Trust PDF (263.1 KB)

Sealed Order –The Speedwell Trust 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 The Speedwell Trust Limited.

Download Sealed order - Speedwell Trust Limited PDF (260.9 KB)

Sealed Order – Kids Together Belfast

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 Kids Together Belfast.

Download 20220224 Sealed order - Kids Together Belfast (1) PDF (21.1 KB)

Sealed Order – Kids Together Belfast

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 Kids Together Belfast.

Download 20220224 Sealed order - Kids Together Belfast (2) PDF (20.4 KB)

Sealed Order – The TBF and KL Thompson Charitable Trust

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 The TBF and KL Thompson Charitable Trust.

Download 20220224 Sealed order - The TBF and KL Thompson Charitable Trust PDF (20.5 KB)

Sealed Order – Omagh RDA Ltd

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 Omagh RDA Ltd.

Download 20210922 Sealed order - Omagh RDA Ltd PDF (21.9 KB)

Sealed Order – Omagh Group of Riding for the Disabled

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 Omagh Group of Riding for the Disabled.

Download 20210922 Sealed order - Omagh Group Riding for the Disabled PDF (22.6 KB)

Sealed Order - Squirrel Drey and Scout charities

The Commission has made an order, available below, to authorise transactions under section 46 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 for the Squirrel Drey and Scout charities listed within the annex to the order.

Download 20210901 Sealed order - Squirrel Drey and Scout charities PDF (198.4 KB)

Sealed Orders - Northern Ireland Hospice

The Commission has made two separate orders, available below, to authorise two separate transactions under section 47 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 for the charity known as Northern Ireland Hospice.

Download 20210806 Sealed order 1 - Northern Ireland Hospice PDF (18 KB)

Download 20210806 Sealed order 2 - Northern Ireland Hospice PDF (21.2 KB)

 

Sealed schemes

The Commission has made a cy-pres scheme under section 29 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 in relation to The McQuilken Fund, held by Child Evangelism Fellowship Ireland.

Download 20220614 Sealed scheme - McQuilken Fund CEF Ireland Limited PDF (49 KB)

The Commission has made an administrative scheme under section 31 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 in relation to The Francis Curley Charitable Fund.

Download 20220614 Sealed scheme - Francis Curley Charitable Fund PDF (46.5 KB)

The Commission has made a scheme in relation to The Presbyterian Widows Fund Association.

The draft scheme was settled by the Commission on 14 May 2021. The scheme, available below, has now been given effect by an order of the Department for Communities as of 23 February 2022.

Download 20220223 Settled scheme - Presbyterian Widows Fund Association PDF (329.9 KB)

The Commission has made an amending and consolidating scheme, available below, pursuant to the Educational Endowments (Ireland) Act 1885 for the charity known as Coleraine Academical Institution Endowment Trust.

Download 20210601 Sealed scheme - Coleraine Academical Institution Endowment Trust PDF (263.4 KB)