Troubled charity starts probe into how it is run

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Citizen’s Advice Scotland has appointed experts to lead an investigation into itself

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18th March 2016 by Graham Martin 0 Comments

A troubled charity has launched an investigation – into how it is run.

Citizen’s Advice Scotland (CAS) has appointed “independent experts” to probe its own governance.

This follows a difficult few months which have seen the acrimonious departure of chief executive Margaret Lynch and the loss of finance director Jon Dye.

Tory MSP Alex Johnstone has called for the Scottish Government to investigate the running of the charity – but the organisation itself has pre-empted this with the announcement of a review.

We are the recipients of public funds and are committed to having transparent processes

CAS chair Dominic Notarangelo said he wants to make the group a model within the sector for progressive government – as well as making sure it is in a position to react to the changing welfare environment due to be ushered in by devolution of further powers to the Scottish Parliament.

He said: "As the organisation which supports Scotland's largest independent advice network, we represent one of the most significant groups of charities: one which provides vital help to millions of Scots across a variety of issues.

“We believe it is important that our governance model reflects the changing needs of society and ensures that we can continue to provide the best possible service.

“We are also the recipients of public funds, and are committed to having transparent processes which continue to ensure good value for taxpayers money.

"We believe that the devolution of further powers through the Scotland bill brings significant opportunities, both for CAS and the member bureaux we represent, and we're keen that we're in the best place to make the most of those and deliver value for the citizens of Scotland.

“We will therefore be working with independent experts to conduct a governance review, in conjunction with the UK and Scottish governments and our 61 member bureaux."

Notarangelo said the group, as part of the review, would consult with unspecified “stakeholders” and pledged to provide regular public updates.

Last month, Lynch, CAS’ deposed chief, said she was prepared to challenge her ousting – through the courts if necessary.