Consultation launched on Scottish charity law

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OSCR's HQ in Dundee.

​Changes have been proposed by the regulator

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3rd January 2019 by Graham Martin 0 Comments

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on changes to charity law in Scotland.

In this country, the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 is the main piece of legislation affecting charities.

Changes reflect proposals put forward by the Scottish regulator, OSCR, to enhance public trust and confidence in the charity sector by increasing transparency and accountability, providing OSCR with greater enforcement powers, streamlining operations and increasing efficiency.

The consultation is now open and runs until 1 April. 

OSCR will be issuing more information about the proposals in the next few weeks, including a summary of the changes requested to the law and why.

David Robb, OSCR chief executive said: “We are delighted that the Scottish Government has launched this consultation. The proposals reflect our experience of working with the 2005 Act over the past 13 years and seek to improve the legislation rather than rewrite it.

'We urge charities and other stakeholders to read the consultation and give your views to government so that the regulator can continue to work effectively with trustees to underpin public trust and confidence in Scotland’s 24,400 charities.”