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This Order brings into operation sections 4, 6 to10 (except section 10(3)), 24, 179, 181, 182 of and Schedule 1 to, the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 (“the Act”).
Sections 6 to 10(1) and (2) and Schedule 1 make provision relating to the establishment of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (“the Commission”). Section 4 enables the Commission to issue guidance on the public benefit test which is one of two conditions institutions must satisfy in order to be recognised as a charity under the Act.
Section 24(1) provides for the disclosure and exchange of information by the Commission. Section 179 specifies conditions for the exercise of legislation-making powers under the Act. Section 181 enables the Department to amend the Act to reflect further changes in company law. Section 182 confers a general power on the Department to make such legislation as required to give full effect to the provisions of the Act.
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