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Scottish charity law consultation responses published

A majority of responses to the Scottish charity law consultation support changes to increase transparency and accountability.

More than 300 individuals, charities and other organisations responded with their views on proposals to improve the availability of information about a charity’s activities and operations.

The consultation also gained support for stronger enforcement powers, including the process to automatically disqualify trustees.

The changes are being suggested to improve trust and confidence in the sector and would update current Scottish charity law, which came into force in 2005.

Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell said: “Charities play a vital role in our society and we need to do all we can to maintain and support public trust and transparency in the third sector.

“We are grateful to everyone who took the time to respond to this consultation. The high level of engagement indicated wide and broad support for change.

“We will fully consider all the points raised, including engaging with those who called for wider changes to the regulations. Collaborative work with the third sector and other key stakeholders will continue as we develop and refine the proposals.”

Options in the consultation included:

  • An external register of charity trustees
  • Publishing annual reports and accounts in full for all charities on the Scottish Charity Register
  • Removal of charities from the Scottish Charity Register that are persistently failing to submit annual reports and accounts and may no longer exist
  • All charities in the Scottish Charity Register to have and retain a connection in Scotland

The analysis report of the consultation can be viewed here: analysis-consultation-scottish-charity-law.pdf