Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Charity Commission doesn't regulate salaries

IN response to Brian Martin's letter, 'Charity salaries need regulated' (Write Back, February 17), I would like to clarify the position regarding charity regulation in Northern Ireland.

Set up under the Charities Act (NI) 2008, the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is responsible for regulating the charitable sector, which is estimated to include more than 7,000 charitable organisations.

This work includes registering all charities in Northern Ireland, implementation of a new reporting programme in which registered charities must report annually to the commission on their activities and finances and investigating alleged misconduct, or mismanagement, in the administration of charities.

The commission gained this investigatory authority in February 2011 and, over the past three years, has received more than 250 concerns about charities in Northern Ireland.

Charity trustees hold the ultimate responsibility for managing the administration of a charity.

It is for the charity trustees – not the role of the commission – to decide the level of salary that will be paid to the charity's chief executive and other senior staff members.

If anyone has a concern about a charity operating in Northern Ireland, you can contact the Charity Commission for NI at www.charitycommissionni.org.uk and raise a confidential concern.

FRANCES McCANDLESS

Chief executive

Charity Commission for Northern Ireland

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