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Inquiry Reports

Under section 33 of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005, we must report on the subject of the inquiries we make under section 28 if, as a result of our inquiries we:

  1. give a direction, or remove a charity from the Register under section 30
  2. suspend a person under subsection (4) of section 31, or
  3. give a direction under any of subsections (5) to (9) of section 31

You may see us refer to such Inquiry Reports as 'section 33 reports' because they have been produced as a result of the above legal requirements.

We can also choose to publish a report on the subject of any other inquiries we have made under section 28 - for example, an individual case may offer useful lessons for the wider sector.

More information about how we handle inquiries can be found in our How OSCR deals with concerns and inquiries guidance.

For inquiry reports prior to 2018, please contact us.

 Inquiry reports

Charity: SC048087, Breaking Chains Global

OSCR concluded an inquiry into Breaking Chains Global, Scottish charity number SC048087 following media reports and receipt of concerns about the running of the charity, particularly high profile fundraising events that resulted in a significant amount of money being collected by the charity. 

Read the section 33 report here.

Charity: SC032787, Wick Academy Development Fund

A judicial factor has been appointed to manage the affairs of Wick Academy Development Fund (SC032787) a charity with recreational purposes in Wick and its environs.  As a result of inquiries undertaken it appeared to OSCR that it is necessary to act to protect the property of the Charity, and ensure that this was used for public benefit in furtherance of its purposes.  On 7 January the Court of Session granted OSCR’s application to appoint a judicial factor to the charity to manage its affairs going forward.

Read the updated section 33 report here

 

Charity: SC013863, the University of Aberdeen

OSCR opened an inquiry into the University of Aberdeen (‘the University’) on 10 July 2019 following liaison with the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). Our concerns related to statements in the University’s 2018 Annual Accounts regarding substantial settlement payments made to the former Principal in connection with his retirement. 

Read the section 33 report here

 

Charity: SC023930,  Jobs and Business Glasgow (JBG)

OSCR opened an inquiry into JBG in December 2015.  Our regulatory interest was in whether the charity trustees had met their duties in ensuring there was appropriate financial oversight of the charity, and in making the decision as to whether to repay £4.3 million of funding from two EU funding streams to Glasgow City Council. 

Read the section 33 report here.

 

Charity: SC024473, Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Community Project Limited

OSCR has appointed an interim judicial factor to Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Community Project Limited to manage the affairs of the charity. This action was taken following notification that the only active charity trustee of the charity had resigned. As a result of our inquiry it appears that there has been misconduct in the administration of the charity and that it is necessary to act for the purposes of protecting the property of the charity.

Read the section 33 report here.

Charity Number: SC040870, Institute for Statecraft

OSCR opened an inquiry into the Institute for Statecraft (‘the charity’) on 13 December 2018 because we had received information from the charity and others about data breaches, and concerns about the charity’s use of its Twitter feed. During the course of our inquiry we found that the charity was not meeting the legal tests required for charitable status in Scotland.

Read the section 33 report here. 

 

Charity: SC043257, Heart Space Dundee (SCIO)

During an ongoing inquiry into the charity Heart Space Dundee (SCIO), we received a Notifiable Event from the charity trustees which indicated that the charity’s assets might be at imminent risk of misuse. In December 2018 we issued a formal direction to the charity’s bank as a protective measure while the charity trustees made arrangements to address the risk identified. The direction was revoked on receipt of information that the charity trustees took action to remove the risk to the charitable assets

Read the section 33 report here.

 

Charity: SC045522 Aspire Community Solutions 

OSCR has issued a formal direction to the bank holding property on behalf of Aspire Community Solutions, a community regeneration charity based in Paisley, preventing it from parting with any property of the charity without OSCR’s consent. This action was taken based on information we have obtained through an inquiry into the charity. OSCR are concerned that there has been misconduct in the administration of the charity, and our inquiry remains ongoing. Updated 10 December 2019.

Read the interim section 33 report here.

 

Charity: SC011042 Tayside NHS Board Endowment Funds

OSCR opened an inquiry into this charity on 4 April 2018 following press reports that in 2014 the charity had made retrospective grants of £2.7m to Tayside Health Board for projects which the Health Board had already paid for.  The Health Board is the corporate trustee and charity trustee of the charity.

Read the full section 33 report here.

 

Charity: SC009814 Dr Robert Malcolm Trust

OSCR has appointed an interim judicial factor to the Dr Robert Malcolm Trust to manage the affairs of the charity. This action was taken following the criminal conviction and statutory disqualification of one of its charity trustees and misconduct in the administration of the charity.

Read the updated section 33 report here.

Charity: SC041929 The Alfred Stewart Trust

In April 2017 OSCR raised an action in the Court of Session seeking an order that would have the effect of permanently disqualifying two people from acting as trustees of any charity. In October 2017 the parties entered into a joint minute in terms of which the Court of Session granted the order. Updated 14 February 2018.

Read the full section 33 report here.