The new Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) has produced a summary guide to help people who are new to charities or charity law in Northern Ireland to understand the main issues in its draft ./guidance on the public benefit test.
The Commission has also set up an initial website which provides detail on the consultation in relation to the public benefit test and other information about the Commission.
The timetable on the website indicates that the first charity registrations will commence in April 2010, with the first financial returns and reports required for April 2011.
While the Commission has appointed a board it does not yet have a staff and is using the services of the Department of Social Development for the consultation.
The Commission previously stated that its members would operate on a voluntary basis but each commissioner is now paid £2000 annually, with the deputy chair and chair receiving £3000 and £5000 respectively.
The Commission has also advertised for a commissioner with legal experience.