Nicva to follow best regulation methods

The Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action plans to pick out the best ideas from Scotland and Ireland's reviews of charity regulation as it gears up for its own charity regulatory body.

The Republic of Ireland Government launched a consultation paper last week with a view to setting up a modern statutory framework for charities. The aim is to develop a body with similar powers to the Charity Commission for England and Wales.

"We'll be keeping an eye on all the charity regulation under review in our southern and Scottish neighbours," said Paula Reynolds, director of member services at Nicva. "We hope to cherry-pick the best ideas."

Last summer, the Voluntary Community Unit of the Northern Ireland Government's Department for Social Development launched a public consultation on the review of charity regulation.

Seamus McAleavey, chief executive of Nicva, will sit on an advisory panel to implement the recommendations made in the consultation.

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