Charity Law Engagement Event

SVE, in partnership with CTSI and CVS Falkirk, wish to thank those who participated in our online Charity Law Engagement Event last week.  The event went extremely well, everyone engaged and the abundance of responses will be collated and forwarded to the Scottish Government next week.

Background
In early 2019 the Scottish Government launched a three-month public consultation on proposed changes to Scottish charity law. The consultation focused on ten proposals for modernising charity law that were put forward by OSCR, based on their experience of regulating charities since legislation was first introduced in 2005.  307 consultation responses were received and the majority of those responses supported the 10 proposals. However, the responses also highlighted areas where more consideration and discussion was needed before the next steps could be decided.

The purpose of the event this week was to restart engagement with the charity sector, as Covid has put this work on hold, and to develop and refine six of the ten proposals consulted on in 2019.

Twenty individuals from across the Forth Valley attended this event.  They had the opportunity to formulate a position on the way forward with charity law, by providing responses to the questions associated with the following 6 proposals.

Strand A - enhancing transparency and accountability in Scottish charities

  • Proposal 1 – Publishing annual reports and accounts in full for all charities on the Scottish Charity Register
  • Proposal 2 – An internal database and external register of charity trustees
  • Proposal 3 – Criteria for automatic disqualification of charity trustees and individuals in senior management positions in charities
  • B. Strand B - increased regulatory powers for OSCR.
  • Proposal 4 – A power to issue positive directions to charities
  • Proposal 5 – Removal of Charities from the Scottish Register that are persistently failing to submit annual reports and accounts and may no longer exist
  • Proposal 6 – All charities in the Scottish Charity Register to have and retain a connection in Scotland

Feedback
The collated responses from this and other events across the country will ensure that the changes to charity law is directly informed by the public and charity sector.  There are over 25,000 charities that operate in Scotland and these changes will not only strengthen good governance but also give the regulator, OSCR, the power to give positive direction to Scottish charities.

Our responses will be presented to the Scottish Government, the collated responses from across Scotland will build on the previous consultation responses and will assist the Scottish Government in publishing its recommendations for next steps.

You can read a full report from the event here.

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to participate in this event, your feedback is invaluable.
If you were unable to attend and wish to put forward your own individual responses to the proposals directly to the Scottish Government, please use this link.  The closing date for the survey is the 19th February.

For further information about the consultation please use the links below.

>2019 Charity law consultation  

>Consultation analysis report

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