NI regulator names 38 charities in default over annual accounts

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland says it wrote to 88 charities about their annual monitoring returns being late, and 38 did not reply

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has named 38 charities that are in default after failing to submit their annual accounts to the regulator.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the CCNI said it had written to 556 trustees from 88 charities on 14 February informing them that their annual monitoring returns, which include the charity’s accounts, had not been submitted to the regulator by the deadline of the end of January.

Supplying an annual monitoring return to the CCNI is a legal requirement for Northern Irish charities.

Of the 88 charities contacted, 38 did not reply, the CCNI statement said. As a result, the CCNI has placed the charities in default and has displayed this on the public register of charities.

The CCNI said that it would be taking further steps to ensure the annual monitoring returns for the 38 defaulted charities were submitted, including the use of its statutory powers if necessary.

Some of the charities that have been named by the CCNI are Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Northern Ireland, the Centre for Independent Living NI, the Churches’ Community Work Alliance (NI), the Esme Mitchell Trust and the Blackwater Valley Museum.

Frances McCandless, chief executive of the CCNI, said: "The public want and deserve transparent, accountable charities. Any charity not completing its annual return is failing to deliver that. They run the risk of undermining public confidence both in their own charities and in the sector as a whole."

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