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Regulator updates key guidance

04 Apr 2016

Scotland’s charity regulator has today [Monday 4 April 2016] published its updated Guidance and good practice for charity trustees, which sets out the role and responsibilities of those running the country’s 24,000 charities.

Read the updated guidance here.

Read a pdf version of the updated guidance here.

While the basic principles remain unchanged, Guidance and good practice for charity trustees has been extensively rewritten and reformatted for ease of use.  In common with its Meeting the Charity Test guidance published last August, OSCR’s latest guidance is web-based and organised into separate sections for easy reference according to individual needs.

Written in clear, non-technical language, each section features good practice examples to illustrate the legal concepts that OSCR must consider and the issues that could arise.  The guidance also features links to sources of advice and support and has been informed by the Regulator’s experience in the eight years since the last update, along with widespread consultation of charities and third sector advisors. 

OSCR’s Head of Engagement, Dr Judith Turbyne, said that the guidance would provide a useful reference for Scotland’s estimated 135,000 charity trustees.

‘Our updated guidance features a range of case studies based on the type of scenarios we’ve encountered, to help charity trustees understand their responsibilities and what’s required of them to ensure public confidence,’ she said.

‘We consulted widely on the guidance, and we’re grateful for the many responses that have helped us improve the document for publication, as well as very positive feedback about how easy the online format is to use,’ she added. 

The updated guidance is available in HTML and PDF format at, along with useful links to further information. 

Issued by The Scottish Charity Regulator, Quadrant House, 9 Riverside Drive, Dundee DD1 4NY.  For further information, contact Mark Simpson or Judith Pogorzelec on 01382 220446 or 07724 150833, or email


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2. The Regulator's vision is for charities you can trust and which provide public benefit.