Irish consult on public benefit

Organisations have until 27 November to respond

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is launching a consultation on its draft public benefit guidance.

CCNI, which was formally established in June, has followed the guidance already produced by the Charity Commission for England and Wales and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator wherever possible in order to be "as consistent in approach as possible".

The regulator will take over responsibility for charitable registrations in Northern Ireland in April. The guidance, Meeting the Charity Test - Demonstrating Public Benefit, confirms that the regulator will enter on its charity register all organisations currently deemed by HM Revenue & Customs to qualify for charitable tax relief. It will then carry out a Scottish-style rolling review to assess whether they all pass the public benefit test.

The consultation opens on 3 September and runs until 27 November. Final guidance will be published in February.

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