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The Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2022: information pack

A new piece of legislation, The Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2022, has now come into effect, having received Royal assent on 30 March 2022.

The Commission has published extensive information on the new Act and the impact it will have on charities and their legal duties here.

Below you will find PDFs providing downloadable information on some key aspects of the changes, including developments in annual reporting, refreshed appeal rights and a brief overview of why the new law has been developed.

You can watch a video tutorial on how to submit your annual monitoring return here. This provides an overview of the online annual monitoring return submission process, including practical tips and checklists to ensure you can access your annual return and have all the necessary information to complete it.

We hope you find this information useful and if there is any guidance documents you would like added to the list below, please let us know by email to

Download What is the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2022? PDF (145.7 KB)

Download Annual reporting - changes which will be brought in with the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2022 PDF (167.3 KB)

Download Charity reporting and accounting the essentials - an overview of what is required under annual reporting PDF (1.2 MB)

Download Refreshed appeal rights under the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2022 PDF (158.5 KB)