MEMBER NEWS: Member Consultation on Scottish Charity Law

22 January 2019

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation seeking views on potential changes to Scottish Charity law.

OSCR has proposed areas where the law could perhaps be improved to better serve the public and charities, with a focus on increasing transparency, accountability and trust.

The Scottish Government now wishes to consult widely, including with the charity sector and to learn from its expertise and experience. The consultation paper is informed by OSCR’s proposals. However, the Scottish Government has stated that it remains open to what, if any, changes are required to the statutory framework and that they will be guided by the consultation responses.

 The consultation was launched on 7th January 2019 and closes on 1stApril 2019. You can read the full consultation paper here: 

Scottish Charity Law consultation

Scottish Mentoring Network is keen to hear the views of our members on the proposals, which include:

  • Publishing all charities’ annual reports and accounts in full on the Scottish Charity Register
  • Requiring OSCR to establish a new register of trustees. This could comprise an internal database for OSCR’s use only (which could include personal details e.g. dates of birth) and a reduced external register for public use.

It would be really helpful to SMN in drafting its response if members could relay views, comments etc. (or copies of members’ own responses) to be received by us no later than close of play on Friday 22nd March 2019. Please email your feedback to