Northern Ireland charities can register with Fundraising Regulator from today

Those that spend less than £100,000 a year on fundraising will have to pay £50 a year; the 24 that spend more between £150 and £15,000

Charities in Northern Ireland will be able to register with the Fundraising Regulator from today to show supporters they are committed to high fundraising standards.

Registered charities in Northern Ireland that spend less than £100,000 a year on fundraising will be able to sign up to the regulator for an annual fee of £50.

The regulator said it had contacted the 24 charities in Northern Ireland that spend more than £100,000 a year on fundraising about paying the levy, a voluntary fee of between £150 and £15,000 a year depending on how much the charity spends on fundraising.

The regulator was invited to oversee fundraising by the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action in June, and had been fielding complaints about charities on an interim basis.

The Fundraising Regulator’s public register has also been updated to show which Northern Irish charities have signed up.

Walter Rader, Fundraising Regulator board member for Northern Ireland, said: "Registration with the Fundraising Regulator is a great opportunity for charities and third parties in Northern Ireland not only to support regulation across the sector, but also to show their supporters that they are committed to honouring and protecting the standards set out in the Code of Fundraising Practice."

Seamus McAleavey, chief executive of Nicva, said the umbrella body was glad to be working with the regulator and would be joining the register itself.

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