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Charities do not have to pay for registration

THE Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has become aware some charities are concerned about a fee associated with the charity registration process.

I would like to reassure your readers that, while registration is compulsory for all charities, the commission does not charge a registration fee for any organisation applying to register.

In addition, the commission has produced a wide range of free guidance and support tools to assist charities in understanding their obligations and in successfully completing registration.

I would encourage all charities to use the guidance on our website – www.charitycommission ni.org.uk – to prepare for registration now, including following the steps outlined on our website to ensure the commission has their charity's details for registration.

FRANCES McCANDLESS

Chief executive

Charity Commission for Northern Ireland

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