Groups in Scotland welcome news on charity law reform

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations has welcomed a commitment from the Liberal-Labour coalition in the Scottish Executive to reform charity law in the country.

The SCVO has been campaigning for more than 10 years for a new charities bill. The coalition's new document, Partnership for a Better Scotland, commits it to reform within the next four years.

Martin Sime, chief executive at SCVO, said: "Voluntary organisations need a modernised legal structure to enable them to do more with, and for, Scotland's communities. An early charity bill will be a major boost to Scotland's 50,000 voluntary groups.

"This news has encouraged us to believe that we can do business with the executive as well as with the new Scottish Parliament."

The two main demands are a revised definition of charity based on public benefit and an independent charity regulator separated from the executive.

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