Applications for charitable status in Scotland remain high

Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator received more than 1,200 applications for charitable status in 2012/13, and 326 complaints about charities

Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator
Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator

More than 1,200 organisations applied for charitable status in Scotland last year, according to figures published by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

In the latest edition of its newsletter, the OSCR said 1,225 organisations applied for charitable status in 2012/13 – six fewer than in 2011/12.

A spokesman for the regulator said 17 applications were refused in 2012/13.

In total, 834 applications for charitable status were granted by the OSCR in 2012/13. The spokesman said there was a difference between the number of applications received and the number of applications accepted because some applications were ongoing, some had been withdrawn and some had been closed because the organisation had failed to provide the OSCR with further information.

According to the OSCR newsletter, the regulator received 326 complaints about charities in 2012/13, just two more than in the previous year.

The regulator gave its consent to 702 changes to charities and 21,534 annual return forms were validated in 2012/13.

The regulator said in its newsletter: "We realise that the year 2012/13 has been a busy one for charities in Scotland, with increasing demands on the sector’s services and a financial climate that continues to be challenging. 

"This is reflected in our work as regulator, both in terms of existing charities’ responses to change – such as reorganisation and changes in legal form – and applications for charitable status, which remain consistently high."

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