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Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 amendment

At the request of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, the Minister for Social Development has decided that the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 needs to be amended.

In June the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland referred to the Department for Social Development for consideration a technical problem with the wording of the Charities Act: probably the apparent confusion between Scots and English terminology relating to public benefit and the ‘charity test’. This has prevented the Charity Commission from being able to begin registration of charities in Northern Ireland.

The amendment will clarify the law and allow the Commission to issue new guidance and begin registration. The draft Bill will soon be referred to the Northern Ireland Executive and then, if approved, introduced to the NI Assembly. It is not clear at this stage how long the process will take.

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  • Date: 28 October 2010 (Posted: 28 October 2010)

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    Poverty and Social Exclusion

    On 3 December, the EU Council of Employment and Social Affairs Ministers adopted a set of indicators on poverty and social exclusion. (The aim of the indicators is to continue the process of achieving better co-ordination of the EU's efforts to fight poverty and social exclusion, as requested by the Lisbon and Nice Summits in 2000. You may remember that over the Summer, all the EU's Member States submitted to the Commission National Action Plans for Combatting Poverty and Social Exclusion, and the Social Policy Committee of Member State experts and Commission representatives used these Plans to work out the indicators - see the October 2001 LMSC Report for further details). The indicators and the Social Policy Committee Report were welcomed by the EU's Heads of State and Government at the Laeken Summit. The Commission will now prepare a summary report on progress using the EU Member States' individual National Action Plans for Combatting Poverty and Social Exclusion; it should be ready in January 2002. This will prepare for the next stage of the project, which is to develop further social indicators, especially on health and housing, and involve other 'actors' such as NGOs. The next report on progress will be made in 2003. An information paper on EU co-operation in the field of social inclusion is available at: http://vandenbroucke.fgov.be/Europe%20council%20info1.htm

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    • Date: 17 December 2001 (Posted: 27 January 2002)

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      Dame Suzi's farewell

      Dame Suzi Leather made her farewell speech as Chair of the Charity Commission to the annual conference of the Almshouse Association. The guts of her speech were devoted to her assessment of the risks facing charities: most immediately, finance. She reminded her audience that New Philanthropy Capital’s survey, ‘When the Going Gets Tough', found that over 90 per cent of the charities that that it surveyed with incomes of over £800,000 said that they faced a riskier future, in part because of reduced income. And last year charities reported cuts amounting to just over £75m.

      She also posed some questions for charities in the light of the Commission’s recent charity review in conjunction with the ICAEW and the Commission’s Big Board Talk:

      • Are we focusing on the right things, or have we drifted into activities that are over and above our core charitable purposes? If we have, is it justified?
      • Do we have up to date information about our charity's finances, cash flow and debts/obligations?

      What particularly concerned her, however, was the less tangible, less visible and longer-term challenges: whether charities would continue to be able to demonstrate that they are fundamentally different from other types of organisations. Noting that the past few years had seen the emergence of a plethora of new organisations and the re-emergence of others – social enterprises, community interest companies, mutuals and co-operatives – she suggested that this was leading to a perceived blurring of the boundaries. There was evidence that charity as a concept is not well understood by the public and, because of that, the distinctiveness of charities might be questioned.

      Her answer to the question, “what makes charities special” was that charities were required to demonstrate public benefit: public benefit was the legal raison d’être for charity and that was one of the most unambiguous findings of the Commission’s research on trust and confidence. In which connexion, the Commission would shortly be publishing a consultation on the revised public benefit guidance, which would take on board both the outcome of the recent judicial review and the experiences of charities.

      She concluded on a rather downbeat note:

      "As I finish I would like  to take this opportunity to make one thing quite clear: The Commission will not be able to absorb any further cuts if it is to continue performing all the functions the public expects of us and legislation sets out for us.  Including registering charities, providing online guidance, ensuring charities' accountability through the online register, investigating the most serious concerns around maladministration in charities, providing charities' with legal consents and permissions as required by law.  Something would have to give. We, like you, must be realistic."

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      • Date: 13 June 2012 (Posted: 13 June 2012)

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