Consultation on Scottish Charity Law

The Scottish Government is consulting on proposed changes to Scottish charity law with the aim of promoting transparency and accountability, and of ensuring that the public retain confidence in the sector and in the regulator, OSCR.

Potential changes, a number of which seek to bring legislation in line with that in other UK jurisdictions or to close existing loopholes, include:

  • Publication of annual reports and accounts in full for all charities on the Scottish Charity Register
  • An internal database and external register of charity trustees
  • Extension of the criteria for disqualification and removal of trustees, consistent with that in England and Wales
  • Application of disqualification and removal criteria to senior managers
  • Giving OSCR a power to issue positive directions to charities
  • Requiring all charities on the Scottish Charity Register to have and retain a connection in Scotland
  • Enhancing OSCR’s powers when conducting inquiries into charities

Further details about all proposals being considered can be found in the consultation document here

ICSA: The Governance Institute will be submitting a response. Members of the Scottish Network are invited to contribute their thoughts and suggestions. These can be sent to Craig Beeston at by Friday 15 March 2019

CPD points are available.

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