Scottish Government launch Consultation on Charity Law
A recent consultation has been launched by the Scottish Government on changes to charity law in Scotland. Currently the main piece of charity law in Scotland is the Charity and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 (the 2005 Act)
The changes reflect proposals put forward by OSCR to enhance public trust and confidence in the charity sector by:
- increasing transparency and accountability
- providing OSCR with greater enforcement powers
- streamlining operations and increasing efficiency
The consultation runs from 7 January until 1 April 2019. OSCR will be issuing more information about the proposals in the next few weeks, including a summary of the changes requested to the law and why.
David Robb, OSCR Chief Executive said:
‘We are delighted that the Scottish Government have launched this consultation. The proposals reflect our experience of working with the 2005 Act over the past 13 years and seek to improve the legislation rather than rewrite it.
'We urge charities and other stakeholders to read the consultation and give your views to government so that the Regulator can continue to work effectively with trustees to underpin public trust and confidence in Scotland’s 24,400 charities.’