Public consultation on charity Annual Monitoring Return 2018

Have your say on proposed changes to the charity Annual Monitoring Return 2018, as the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland launches its latest public consultation.
Public consultation on charity Annual Monitoring Return 2018

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has launched a public consultation on propsoed changes to the charity Annual Monitoring return 2018.

“Annual reporting by registered charities is a vital tool for the Commission, allowing us to undertake regular checks and collect information on charities,” explained Myles McKeown, the Commission’s Head of Compliance and Enquiries.

“A key part of annual reporting is the annual monitoring return, known as the AMR, which all registered charities must complete and submit when reporting to the Commission.

“This consultation is looking for views on the questions charities will be asked within the 2018 AMR, and taking part is a great opportunity to have your say.”

To keep the register of charities up to date, and allow the Commission to monitor and regulate charities, registered charities must, under the law, provide certain information to the Commission on an annual basis. 

All registered charities are therefore required to complete and submit an AMR, along with the charity’s accounts and reports for the relevant financial year.

The AMR asks questions about each charity’s activities, governance and finances during the relevant financial year, with the amount of information to be provided depending on the income of the charity.

This updated AMR, once finalised, will apply to charities whose financial years start after 1 January 2018.

Mr McKeown continued: “To help support charities reporting to the Commission, we are proposing to make some changes to the questions asked in the current AMR.

“These changes are aimed at assisting charities to submit the correct information, in the correct format, when they report to us and are based on learning from charity AMRs we have received to date.

“Annual reporting to the Commission is an important part of running a charity and I would encourage anyone with an interest in charities to have a look at the changes we are proposing and let us know what they think.”

The Commission’s consultation opened on Tuesday 12 September 2017 and will run for 10 weeks, closing at 5pm on 20 November 2017.

To find out more about the proposed changes, annual reporting in general or to take part in the consultation please visit the Public consultations section of www.charitycommissionni.org.uk