Commission to remove five charities from register
Five named charities will be removed from the Northern Ireland register of charities, unless the Charity Commission receives relevant representations otherwise.
The Commission, Northern Ireland’s charity regulator, has this week published a 30 day public notice, detailing the intention to remove the five charities listed below, which are believed to be no longer in operation.
- 100 Help the Homeless (NIC100203)
- Friends of the Grove Park (NIC100379)
- Portadown Pentecostal Fellowship (NIC100028)
- Fermanagh Women’s Network (NIC100435)
- Building Bards (NIC100359)
The charities are all in default of annual reporting requirements for two years or more, do not appear to have carried out any activities recently and have either informed the Commission of their closure or the charity trustees have proven to be uncontactable.
This is the first time the Commission has taken action under charity law to potentially remove charities from the register.
Myles McKeown, the regulator’s Head of Enquiries & Compliance, commented: “The register of charities is an important public resource, an online directory where anyone can go to check a charity is registered and view information about it.
“However, the register must be kept accurate and up to date, so the public have trust in the information it holds – it would be misleading for a charity to remain on the register if it is no longer in existence.
“While the Commission is taking action in these cases, it’s equally important that all charity trustees ensure their register entry is accurate, and reflective of the current situation.”
The five charities came to the Commission’s attention as they are two or more years in default of their annual reporting duties, the legal requirement to submit annual accounts and reports to the Commission.
Following this, the Commission has undertaken a range of checks and investigatory steps to contact the trustees and ascertain if the charities were operating. As a result, the Commission is satisfied the charities no longer operate or have ceased to exist.
However, as a final assurance, the Commission has this week published a notice, highlighting the intention to remove the charities from the register and inviting representations from those who may be affected. This public notice is available below.
20190307 Public notice
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For more information please contact Shirley Kernan, Charity Commission for Northern Ireland Communications Officer, on tel: 028 3832 0169 or email: email@example.com
Notes to editors
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is the independent regulator of charities in Northern Ireland, established under the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008.
The register of charities is not yet complete but is a growing resource, with over 6,000 charities listed. Working alongside the register, the Commission has published a “combined list”, which lists the names of all charities the Commission is aware of to be called forward for registration. If a charity is not yet listed on the register, then check the combined list to assure yourself the organisation is known to the Commission and will be called forward to apply in time.
Under the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008, the Commission has a general function to establish and maintain an accurate and up-to-date register of charities. The Act also places a duty on the Commission to remove from the register any institution which it no longer considers to be a charity, and any charity which has ceased to exist or does not operate.