Scottish charities bring in nearly £11bn a year

The 23,784 charities registered in Scotland have a combined annual income of £10.9bn, according to new data from the Scottish Charity Register.

Nineteen charities account for 37 per cent of the sector’s income, and two-thirds, each with an annual income of less than £25,000, account for less than 1 per cent of the sector’s total income.

There are 2,792 churches and higher education colleges listed on the register, with a combined income of £2.3bn.

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator said the figures demonstrated that its proportionate approach to monitoring the sector was justified. Almost 16,000 of the smaller charities on the register are exempted from completing a full annual return and instead must submit a ‘light’ version giving basic details and simplified accounts.

Jane Ryder, chief executive of the OSCR, said: “The evidence from entries in the Scottish Charity Register shows that we are correct in requiring charities with smaller incomes to provide straightforward information – we provide guidance focused on the needs of smaller charities and they provide us with simplified accounts.”

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