The Scottish Government has launched a survey to inform its next steps in improving charity laws.
The “Strengthening Scottish Charity Law” survey is looking for responses from people working in and with the charity sector, members of the public, and anyone with an interest in charity law. This survey follows a consultation in 2019 about proposals by the Scottish Charity Regulator, OSCR.
Amongst the proposals in the initial consultation were:
- Publishing annual reports and accounts in full for all charities on the Scottish Charity Register
- A power to issue positive directions to charities (e.g. to specify a positive action to protect charitable assets)
- All charities in the Scottish Charity Register to have and retain a connection in Scotland
Overall, respondents to the initial consultation were supportive of the proposals, but indicated a need for further engagement. This follow-up survey will run until 19 February 2021.