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New Northern Ireland Charities Act ‘will effectively reinstate the register of charities’

Fresh charities legislation in Northern Ireland will resolve an issue that had invalidated much of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI)’s work.

In 2019 a legal ruling found that CCNI board could not delegate decision-making to members of staff, this meant that decisions about charity registrations and investigations were invalid.

The new Charities Bill was introduced last year to address some of the issues and passed its final stage last week. It is now awaiting royal assent.

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