CCNI publishes guidance for charities about new legislation

30 Mar 2022 News

The CCNI is the regulator for charities in Northern Ireland

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) has published guidance for charities that includes information on their new annual reporting requirements. 

A new piece of legislation, The Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2022, is about to come into force. This reinstates the requirement for charities to compile accounts for their first full financial year after 1 April 2022. 

New legislation was necessary to resolve an issue that had invalidated much of CCNI’s work. 

This week, CCNI has published a series of documents setting out what charities need to know. 

All registered charities are now required to submit their accounts and report to the regulator, whereas previously those that were registered before May 2019 were not required to. 

CCNI has set out a table explaining when the different reporting deadlines are for those who now have to report. 

Another document sets out charities’ right to appeal CCNI decisions. 

In a blog on CCNI’s website, Marin Ireland, head of charities team, DfC engaged communities voluntary and community division, urged charities to ensure their contact details were up to date. 

He said: “Currently awaiting Royal Assent, the new Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2022 will bring with it a number of important developments for charity regulation, developments which the trustees of all charities in Northern Ireland, regardless of their size, work or location, should be aware of.” 

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