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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.

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.

20190711 Current regulated consents

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Sealed orders

Sealed order - Lord Enniskillen Memorial Orange Society

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 Lord Enniskillen Memorial Orange Society.

20190628 Sealed order - Lord Enniskillen Memorial Orange Society

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Sealed order - The Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross Historical Society

The Commission has made an order, available below, to authorise the transfer of assets and liabilities under section 46 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 for the charity known as The Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross Historical Society.

20190509 Sealed order - Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross Historical Society

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Sealed order - The Police Historical Society (NI) (incorporating the RUC GC Historical Society)

The Commission has made an order, available below, to authorise the granting of an indemnity under section 46 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 for the charity known as The Police Historical Society (NI) (incorporating the RUC GC Historical Society).

20190509 Sealed order - Police Historical Society (NI) (incorporating the RUC GC Historical Society)

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Sealed order - East Belfast Mission

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

20190405 Sealed order - East Belfast Mission

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Sealed order - Home-Start Lakeland and Irvinestown and Home-Start Lakeland

The Commission has made an order, available below, to authorise a transaction pursuant to section 46 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 for the charity known as Home-Start Lakeland and Irvinestown and Home-Start Lakeland.

20190314 Sealed order - Home-Start Lakeland and Irvinestown and Home-start Lakeland

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Sealed order - Coleraine Academical Institution Endowment Trust

The Commission has made an order, available below, to authorise a transaction pursuant to section 46 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 for the charity known as Coleraine Academical Institution Endowment Trust.

20190116 Sealed order - Coleraine Academical Institution Endowment Trust

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Sealed orders - Samaritans

The Commission has made a number of orders, available below, to authorise transactions pursuant to section 46 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 for the Samaritans charities below.

20181031 Sealed order - Bangor and North Down Samaritans

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20181031 Sealed order - Samaritans of Coleraine and District

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20181031 Sealed order - Samaritans of Craigavon

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20181031 Sealed order - Coleraine and District Samaritans

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20181031 Sealed order - Craigavon Samaritans

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20181031 Sealed order - Belfast Samaritans

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20181031 Sealed order - Samaritans of Newry

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20181031 Sealed order -Samaritans of Newry

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20181031 Sealed order - Samaritans of Ballymena

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20181031 Sealed order - Samaritans of Ballymena (2)

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20181031 Sealed order - Samaritans of Omagh

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20181031 Sealed order - Samaritans of Omagh (2)

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20181031 Sealed order - Samaritans of Belfast

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20181031 Sealed order - Samaritans of Bangor and North Down

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Sealed order - Angel Eyes NI Services (NIC103126)

The Commission has made an order, available below, to authorise a transaction pursuant to section 46 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 for the charity known as Angel eyes NI Services (NIC103126).

20181112 Sealed order - Angel Eyes NI Services

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20181108 Sealed order - Angel Eyes NI

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Sealed schemes

The Commission has made a scheme in relation to Causeway Memorial School Trust.

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

20190821 Sealed scheme - Causeway Memorial School Trust

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The Commission has made a scheme in relation to City Church Belfast.

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.

20190503 Sealed scheme – City Church Belfast

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The Commission has made a scheme in relation to the Dorinda Lady Dunleath Charitable Trust.

The draft scheme was open for comments for 30 calendar days, from 17 January 2019 to 18 February 2019. The Commission did not receive any comments during this time and the scheme, available below, has now been officially sealed by the Commission.

20190313 Sealed scheme - Dorinda Lady Dunleath Charitable Trust

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