Financial training for Scottish CVS staff

New scheme from Association of Charity Independent Examiners and CVS Network in Scotland

About 200 staff working for councils for voluntary service in Scotland will receive financial training as part of a new initiative.

The scheme, being run by the Association of Charity Independent Examiners and the CVS Network in Scotland, is intended to equip the CVS staff with the financial expertise they need to carry out independent examinations of the accounts of small charities.

Fiona Gordon, chief executive of the ACIE, said the scheme, funded by £500,000 from the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland, was created in response to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator's recent decision to take action against charities whose accounts do not meet an agreed standard.

Unlike the Charity Commission, the OSCR has a policy of checking the accounts of all the charities it regulates, regardless of their size.

"The OSCR has said it will fail charities that do not produce proper accounts," said Gordon. "About 20,000 Scottish charities are eligible for independent examination, and the current standard of their accounts is quite variable.

"But with this decision by the OSCR, it's important that all charities have access to a high standard of independent examination."

Gordon said the training meant there would be enough financial acumen in CVSs for them to provide charities with advice on other basic financial questions.

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