Have your say on the Commission’s strategic agenda
With resources likely to be cut in real terms over the next few years, Northern Ireland’s charity regulator has developed new proposals for its future development and is calling on the public to share their views.
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has published a new draft Strategic Plan 2019-22, which aims to address how the regulator can fulfil its objectives effectively, in light of ongoing reductions in public spending.
The proposed approach has implications for areas such as the speed with which the Commission can register charities, process requests for casework and the priority which the Commission can give to charity concerns of a lower risk.
Chief Charity Commissioner, Tom McGrath, commented: “The Commission has achieved a great deal in recent years, from introducing charity registration and annual reporting to undertaking a number of high level charity investigations.
“However, we are aware that it will be challenging to deliver all our future priorities within current, available resources and that we must take action now to decide where our future priorities should be.
“Our Strategic plan 2019-22 is an important document and I hope the public will take some time to consider the draft proposals within it and share their views, helping to shape our strategic agenda for the future,” Mr McGrath concluded.
The draft plan outlines proposals which are aimed at preserving the quality of work across all functions, including charity registration and investigations, while taking account of the current financial climate.
For example, the proposals include:
- implementing a new risk framework, which will enable the Commission to identify registration/casework applications, annual monitoring submissions and concerns about charities which carry a low risk of damaging public trust and confidence in the sector. Resources can then be focused on higher risk issues and cases.
- reducing the Commission’s engagement with public events and research, focussing resources instead on support such as registration and annual reporting workshops.
- deploying staff from other areas of the Commission to support charity registration.
- reviewing processes currently requiring consent to identify a de minimus level policy that would not require consent. For example, authorised transactions incurring small sums of money such as a gift under £100 on the retirement of a long serving charity employee or volunteer.
As part of its strategic planning the Commission has opened an eight-week comment phase, running from 19 September 2018 to 12 November 2018. The Commission is calling on all stakeholders to share their views on the draft plan.
To find out more or to take part in the comment phase please visit the Public consultations section of www.charitycommissionni.org.uk
The Commission will also host a roundtable discussion on the proposals in the draft strategic plan at its public meeting 2018 on Monday 15 October. For more information and booking, click here.
For more information please contact Shirley Kernan, Charity Commission for Northern Ireland Communications Officer, on tel: 028 3832 0169, mobile: 07827338978 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is the regulator of charities in Northern Ireland.