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Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2022

Section 3: Power to introduce a registration threshold via regulations

Section 3 inserts new sections 16A to 16C into the 2008 Act to provide a power to introduce a registration threshold through regulations at some future point, subject to the draft affirmative procedure (except in the case of varying the amount of an existing threshold). The power will allow for the regulations to:

  • exempt charities falling below the threshold from the requirement to register;

  • determine the nature of the threshold;

  • determine any evidence to be provided to the Commission and allow for that evidence to be used in pursuance of the Commission’s functions;

  • apply or disapply any provision of the Act to any charity exempted from registration by the threshold; and

  • amend any offences or introduce similar or corresponding ones as a consequence of the threshold.

The section itself will permit charities falling below the threshold to register voluntarily or be removed from the register if they so wish.

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