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  • Scottish Charity Review Consultation

    Created: 14/05/2024
    News/Events Category: Consultations


    The Scottish Government have launched this consultation because in the past people told them that they think there should be a review of charity regulation. They want to understand if people still feel that way and if so, what you think should be the purpose and parameters for a review.

    In 2019 the government ran a consultation about proposals the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) had made on improvements to the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005. In response to that consultation some people told us that they wanted a wider review of charity regulation.

    This consultation asks 10 short questions about a review. It is split into three sections:

    1. The need for a review and the purpose of a review
    2. The parameters for a review - What should it cover and not cover?
    3. Technical areas for review 

    You do not need to answer every question, but the more information they have, the better they are able to understand what you feel is needed.

    Technical areas for review 

    People have told the government that some technical areas of charity regulation would benefit from being changed, raising three specific issues which they have already committed to look at. These are:

    • Reorganisations of statutory and Royal charter charities
    • Incorporation to a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO)
    • A review of audit thresholds.

    These are long standing and complex issues for parts of the charity sector. The government already have a lot of detail about them and know that they need to be looked at. They plan to do this in a ‘technical workstream’, which can be progressed separately from a review of charity regulation. The consultation asks if there are any other areas you think we should include in this technical strand of work.

    More information about these topics can be found in the consultation paper linked to below. 

     About the Consultation

    How to take part

    Click here to take the online consultation.

    They are running webinars during the consultation period. Please e-mail [email protected] if you want more information about the webinars.

    The closing date for views is Monday 22 July 2024.




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