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Charity Commission for Northern Ireland

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The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) is the independent regulator of charities in Northern Ireland
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CCNI is responsible for ensuring Northern Ireland has a dynamic and well governed charities sector in which the public can have confidence.

The Commission was established under the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008. This Act laid down the general functions of the Commission, which include:

  • determining whether institutions are or are not charities
  • establishing and maintaining an accurate and up-to-date register of charities
  • encouraging and facilitating the better administration of charities
  • identifying and investigating apparent misconduct or mismanagement in the administration of charities and taking remedial or protective action

The subsequent amendments made by the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2013 meant registration of charities in Northern Ireland could begin later that year, with registration subsequently commencing on Monday 16 December 2013.

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