Regulator issues EU referendum advice


OSCR issues guidance for trustees on EU referendum.

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11th March 2016 by Graham Martin 0 Comments

Scotland’s charity regulator has published guidance for trustees on complying with charity law during the EU referendum campaign. 

Following on from help issued during the 2014 Scottish independence vote, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) advice sets out for those running the country’s 24,000 charities what they must consider if they intend to campaign or make public statement in the run-up to the poll on 23 June.

Chief executive David Robb said: “Our independence referendum guidance was prepared in consultation with the charity sector and helped ensure that charities were able to play a significant part in the process, legitimately within the requirements of Scots charity law. 

“Charities have a recognised and important role in our society, and for many campaigning is a legitimate part of their work. Charities in Scotland will want to consider the possible implications of the EU referendum, and some may wish to make their voice heard during the EU referendum process. We hope that our new guidance will be a useful reference.’

The guidance can be accessed here.