Read our Annual Review 2012, setting out our performance, impact and priorities.
The Scottish Charity Regulator has today [Wednesday 9 January
2013] published its review for 2012, demonstrating how its work
reinforces public confidence in Scottish charities and their
Annual Review sets out the Regulator's achievements and its
priorities for the coming year and contains key statistics and case
studies, with learning points for the charity sector.
The new report also encourages charities to take up the
Regulator's new electronic services, launched in June last
year. Currently over half of Scotland's charities are
signed up to OSCR Online, allowing them to update their own details
and file their returns and accounts electronically, achieving
cost and time savings for themselves and the Regulator alike.
In addition, the Regulator uses the review to reiterate the
principles of the charity test, a key aspect of Scots charity law
that all charities must meet in order to achieve and maintain
Key statistics for 2012 include:
- The Regulator handled 1,231 new applications for charitable
status, an increase of 8% on the previous year
- It approved the creation of 161 Scottish Charitable
Incorporated Organisations, a new legal form
- It granted 736 consents for proposed changes to charities, such
as a change of name or charitable purpose
- It handled 154 charity reorganisation applications and 324
complaints made against charities
- It removed 674 charities from the Scottish Charity Register,
including voluntary removals
- 82% of complaints about potential misconduct in charities were
resolved within 9 months, against a target of 75%
- Its new OSCR Online service has 13,341 charities signed up, or
57% of the sector. Some 6,779 sets of returns and accounts
have been filed online since June 2012.
The Scottish Charity Regulator's Chief Executive, David Robb,
said that the review provided a summary of a positive year for the
organisation, and hoped it would be a useful reference document
both for charities and the public.
'Utimately, our work is aimed at reinforcing the public's trust
and confidence in charities,' he said. 'Whether it's checking
that charities meet the required standard of the charity test or
ensuring that they continue to be run properly, our work outlined
in this report explains our activity and impact - including our
provision of guidance and support to charities in making sure they
meet legal requirements.'
Chair Dr Graham Forbes agreed, saying that the Regulator's
services allowed charities to respond to change.
'It's clear that the difficult economic position continues to
have an impact on charities,' he said. 'But what is
encouraging is that charity trustees are seeking to address the
challenges they face. We are seeing an increase in
applications from charities to reorganise, amalgamate, or change
legal form and this indicates that those running Scotland's
charities are responding positively.'
The Regulator has produced a wide range of guidance material
designed to inform charities and support them in meeting regulatory
requirements, including the preparation of accounts, charity
trustee duties, and meeting the charity test.
The Annual Review also sets out how the Scottish Charity
Regulator has actively engaged with the sector and sets out its
further priorities for the coming year, including an expanded
Outreach Programme of information events, a redesigned website and
a programme of regional Meet the Charity Regulator events.
Issued by The Scottish Charity Regulator, Quadrant
House, 9 Riverside Drive, Dundee DD1 4NY. For further
information contact Mark Simpson or Caroline Monk on 01382 220446
or 07724 150833 or email email@example.com