Information relating to Charities Legislation as it impacts parishes in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is located in this section.
All parishes in Northern Ireland have now completed registration with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI). The next step, the process of reporting, will be supported by guidance on the format for accounts and financial reports and activity reports supplied by Church House in consultation with the CCNI and the dioceses.
The then Primate, the Most Revd Dr Richard Clarke, congratulated the select vestries on their consistent effort: “The commitment of members of the select vestries as they engaged with this registration process has been excellent and the Church is indebted to those who undertook the task of gathering and submitting the information.”
In the Republic of Ireland, the Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA) has indicated that a similar managed registration process for Church of Ireland bodies will begin in autumn 2020. In the meantime, the CRA has acknowledged the central list compiled by the Church of Ireland.
Church of Ireland bodies, including local trustees of parish assets, may find they have questions relating to the registration process or other aspects of charity status. These may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Some additional useful information can be found via the following links:
All Charities Legislation resources are available in the Document Library.
Republic of Ireland consultation (2016)
The draft accounting and reporting consultation process by the Charities Regulator took place in 2016.
This consultation process was of critical importance to Church of Ireland parishes throughout the Republic of Ireland. One of the key issues being consulted on was the income threshold for audit, then set at €100,000. This threshold would bring many parishes in the Church of Ireland into the scope of an audit and place additional expenses on Parishes. The Church’s suggested response set out the Church of Ireland recommendation for revised thresholds, is available here.