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Charity Law consultation launched

07 Jan 2019

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation today (7 January 2019) on changes to charity law in Scotland.

The Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 (the 2005 Act) is the main piece of charity law in Scotland. The changes reflect proposals put forward by OSCR to enhance public trust and confidence in the charity sector by:

  • increasing transparency and accountability
  • providing OSCR with greater enforcement powers
  • streamlining operations and increasing efficiency.

Read the consultation here.

The consultation runs from 7 January until 1 April 2019. OSCR has issued more information about the proposals, including a summary of the changes requested to the law and why. 

Read our summary here.

David Robb, OSCR Chief Executive said:

‘We are delighted that the Scottish Government have launched this consultation. The proposals reflect our experience of working with the 2005 Act over the past 13 years and seek to improve the legislation rather than rewrite it.

'We urge charities and other stakeholders to read the consultation and give your views to government so that the Regulator can continue to work effectively with trustees to underpin public trust and confidence in Scotland’s 24,400 charities.’



  • The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) is the independent registrar and regulator of Scotland’s 24,400 charities and publishes the Scottish Charity Register at www.oscr.org.uk. Our vision is of charities you can trust and that provide public benefit. More information about our work can be found in our Media Pack.
  • OSCR is a Non-Ministerial Department and part of the Scottish Administration established under the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005.