Northern Ireland Executive launches review of CCNI

The government body aims to establish whether the charity regulator is carrying out its statutory duties effectively

The Northern Ireland Executive, the administration arm of the Northern Ireland Assembly, has announced a review of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland's role, starting this month.

The review will aim to establish whether the regulator, which was set up in 2009, is carrying out its statutory duties effectively, according to the Department for Communities.

A senior DfC civil servant will be tasked with undertaking the review, which will focus on CCNI’s strategic approach to regulation, current governance arrangements and its relationships with key stakeholders as well as seeking expert external advice on charity regulation and law.

The DfC said that the review, due to take place during August and September, would cost no more than £6,000.

Paul Givan, the Northern Irish Minister for Communities, said: "Regular internal governance reviews seeking assurance that statutory functions are being properly and effectively exercised reflect best practice for oversight of governance and accountability of arms length bodies.

"I have tasked my officials with providing me and the public with robust assurance that the Charity Commission is executing its duties and responsibilities in line with best practice and proportionate rigor."

The CCNI was created in the Charities (Northern Ireland) Act 2008 to keep a public register of charities, encourage, facilitate and monitor compliance with charity law, determine charity status, and investigate and take action against misconduct.

The CCNI began adding charities to its register in 2013, and those on the register will be required to submit accounts from next year. 

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