Scottish Government's report on Charity Law Reform Consultation

The Scottish Government has published an analysis of the responses to the consultation on changes to charity law. This follows their consultation earlier in the year which was based on changes to the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 (the 2005 Act) which is the main piece of charity law in Scotland. The changes set out in the consultation included proposals put forward by OSCR to enhance public trust and confidence in the charity sector by:

  • increasing transparency
  • providing OSCR with greater enforcement powers
  • streamlining operations and increasing efficiency.

By the end of the consultation period, 307 responses had been submitted. The responses are available to view here https://consult.gov.scot/local-government-and-communities/scottish-charity-law/ The vast majority of responses agreed with the proposals to change charity law put forward by OSCR.

The Scottish Government have said they will fully consider all the points raised, which includes engaging with those who called for wider changes to the regulation. Collaborative work with the third sector and other key stakeholders will continue as they develop and refine the proposals.