Consultation on Scottish Charity Law

It has been 17 years since the Scottish Charity Law Review Commission (the ‘McFadden report’) proposed establishing a new regulator for Scotland and more than 13 years since the passage of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 which forms the basis of the legislative framework for charities in Scotland.

Given the passage of time since the Act was passed, and the changing environment that charities are operating in, the time is right to check how well the current arrangements are working and explore potential improvements.

The Scottish Government seeks views on potential improvements to the statutory charity regulation framework in Scotland, in light of proposals put forward by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). The proposals broadly focus on improvements to charity law that would increase transparency and accountability in order to maintain public trust and confidence in charities and OSCR.

They are seeking views from members of the public, the charity sector, and anyone with an interest in charity law. Scottish Government want to learn from the sector’s expertise and experience and hear first-hand about what really makes an impact on levels of public trust and confidence.

More information is available at

News Date