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OSCR removes another 48 charities from the Scottish Charity Register

07 Feb 2024

This month, the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has removed a further 48 charities from the Scottish Charity Register. Since September 2023, a dedicated project team at OSCR has identified over 100 charities which are suitable to be removed from the register.

The organisations, including the latest batch of 48 charities, have been identified for removal as they no longer meet the charity test. This usually means:

  • OSCR cannot find any evidence suggesting that the charity is still operating; and
  • The charity has failed to engage with communications from OSCR.

One of the primary ways of a charity demonstrating that they are providing public benefit is through the publication of annual accounts and a trustees’ annual report. The charities we have identified have failed, over a number of years, in their statutory duty to submit this annual accounting information to OSCR.

Martin Tyson, OSCR's Head of Regulation & Improvement, adds:

"In order to maintain public confidence in the Scottish charity sector, it is important that OSCR removes charities which are no longer providing public benefit. This helps to ensure that charities on the register are actively providing public benefit and reporting transparently to the public."

The charities were identified for removal under section 30 of the 2005 Act, and were given 21 days to respond to our correspondence or to request a review of OSCR’s decision.

The project team continue to work to identify more charities that will be suitable for removal in the future.

Download the Section 33 reports with full details of the charities which are being removed here: