Charity accounts to be displayed online by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland

This is the first time such information will be provided online by the regulator, and is part of a redesign of the online register

CCNI: seeks transparency
CCNI: seeks transparency

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is to display charities’ accounts on its online register of charities for the first time.

The move comes as part of a redesign of the online register, which the regulator says is aimed at making it more accessible and increasing transparency.

Charities will be required to use a new online annual return system to submit their reports and accounts to the commission, and the information will then be available to the public, the CCNI said.

The CCNI register contains the details of more than 3,100 charities operating in Northern Ireland.

Account information will be added gradually as each charity submits its updated reports for the previous year, so only a small number of charities will initially have their information available on the website.

The new policy will bring the CCNI into line with the Charity Commission in England and Wales, which allows website users to access detailed account information on the charities registered.

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator currently displays income and annual spending for each charity, but does not offer more detailed information and instead offers a link for users to find the accounts on the charities’ own websites.

Frances McCandless, chief executive of the CCNI, said: "Making information on each charity’s annual accounts available on a public register is a new and important development for charities, enabling them to demonstrate their work in an open and transparent manner.

"For the first time, you will also be able to export information on a charity, or group of charities, unlocking valuable data for use in a wide range of applications and research programmes."

McCandless said the changes to the site’s design would make the register "more accessible and dynamic", and would make it easier to search for different charities.

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