New guidelines on Scottish links

Nathalie Thomas

Charities not registered in Scotland will still be able to fundraise north of the border under the new Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005.

The Act requires all English and Welsh charities with property in Scotland or operating out of Scottish offices or shops to register with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator from September 2006.

But according to new OSCR and Charity Commission guidelines, fundraising in Scotland "does not in itself mean registration in Scotland is necessary".

The guidelines stipulate: "As long as the activity in Scotland does not involve operating from shops, offices or similar premises in Scotland, there is no requirement for registration."

Charities that are not registered with the OSCR will, however, lose the right to call themselves simply "charities" in Scotland.

They will have to refer to themselves specifically as charities registered with the Charity Commission or established in England and Wales.

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