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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.

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 20240425 Current regulated consents XLSX (14.1 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 - Glenvarna Christian Fellowship

The Commission has made an Order to authorise the trustees of Glenvarna Christian Fellowship (NIC101262) to make a resolution to transfer all of the assets and liabilities from Glenvarna Christian Fellowship (NIC101262) to Open Arms Centre, (NIC109748) as part of the organisation’s change of legal structure from unincorporated association to an incorporated legal entity (a company), notwithstanding that a conflict of interest arises as the trustees of the charity are also the directors of the company.

Download Sealed order - Glenvarna Christian Fellowship PDF (39 KB)

Sealed order - Open Arms Centre

The Commission has made an Order to authorise Open Arms Centre (NIC109748) to provide an Indemnity to the charity trustees of Glenvarna Christian Fellowship (NIC101262, as part of an arrangement whereby Open Arms Centre will receive all of the assets and liabilities of Glenvarna Christian Fellowship, notwithstanding that a conflict of interest arises.

Download Sealed Order - Open Arms Centre PDF (96.2 KB)

Sealed order - Somme Nursing Home Holdings

The Commission has made an order to authorise the trustees of The Somme Nursing Home Trust to make a resolution to transfer the assets of the charity to the charitable company, Somme Nursing Home Holdings (NIC100692) notwithstanding that a conflict of interest arises.

Download 20240508 Sealed order - Somme Nursing Home Holdings PDF (18.7 KB)

Sealed order - Omagh Child Contact centre

The Commission has made an order to authorise the trustees of Omagh Child Contact Centre (NIC107032) to make a resolution to accept the transfer of assets and liabilities from the charity Omagh Child Contact Centre (NIC100814) (now closed) as part of the organisation’s change of legal structure from unincorporated association to an incorporated legal entity (a company), notwithstanding that a conflict of interest arose as the trustees of the charity were also the directors of the company.

Download 20240221 Sealed order - Omagh Child Contact Centre Sealed order PDF (22.1 KB)

Sealed order - CI 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 CI Trust Limited.

Download 20230616 Sealed order - CI Trust Limited PDF (23.5 KB)

Sealed order - Forthill Gospel Hall

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 Forthill Gospel Hall Trust.

Download 20221024 Sealed order - Forthill Gospel Hall (1) PDF (261.5 KB)

Sealed order - Forthill Gospel Hall- Section 

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 Forthill Gospel Hall.

Download 20221024 Sealed order - Forthill Gospel Hall (2) PDF (261.5 KB)

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 – 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 schemes

The Commission has made a cy-près scheme under section 29 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 in relation to The 1928 Trust relating to the Lands of Moneyneany, Draperstown.

Download 20240517 Sealed scheme - Lands of Moneyneany, Draperstown PDF (83.4 KB)

The Commission has made a cy-près scheme under section 29 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 in relation to Enniskillen Congregation of The Presbyterian Church in Ireland - The Gamble Trust.

Download Sealed scheme - Enniskillen Congregation of The Presbyterian Church in Ireland - The Gamble Trust PDF (190.8 KB)

The Commission has made a cy-près scheme under section 29 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 in relation to The Margaret Gribben/Hugh O’Neill Special Fund.

Download 20230607 - Sealed scheme -Margaret Gribben Hugh O Neill Special Fund PDF (113.5 KB)

The Commission has made a cy-près scheme under section 29 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 in relation to The Reverend John Forsythe Endowment.

Download 20230220 Sealed scheme - The Reverend John Forsythe Endowment PDF (46 KB)

A draft scheme in relation to Edgehill Theological College Methodist Church in Ireland was settled by the Commission on 10 June 2022. The scheme, available below, has now been given effect by an order of the Department for Communities as of 26 December 2022.

Download 20220610 Settled Scheme - Edgehill Theological College Methodist Church in Ireland PDF (103.9 KB)

The Commission has made a scheme under section 35 of the Methodist College Act (Northern Ireland), 1928 in relation the Methodist College Belfast.

Download 22020922 Sealed scheme - Methodist College Belfast PDF (127.2 KB)

The Commission has made a cy-près scheme under section 29 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 in relation to The Presbyterian Church Women’s Fund.

Download 20220822 Settled scheme - The Presbyterian Church Women's Fund PDF (59.2 KB)

The Commission has made a cy-près scheme under section 29 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 in relation the Mary Josephine Marlay Charity.

Download 20220822 Settled scheme - Mary Josephine Marlay Charity PDF (103.6 KB)

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)