Martin Sime, chief executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, has called for William Shawcross to resign as chair of the Charity Commission for making "inexcusable" comments in The Times about charities.
In a letter to Shawcross, Sime said his views brought his office into disrepute. "The irresponsible and negative consequences of what you have said will be clearly felt by the public, by members of the SCVO and by charities throughout the UK," he said. "Your rehash of scare stories characterised by a lack of evidence, and the false conclusions you draw from one incidence of abuse, do not speak of an individual who is capable of conducting the affairs of the Charity Commission in a fair and impartial manner."
A spokeswoman for the commission said Shawcross was surprised at the tone of Sime's letter and he would reply in due course. She said she was not aware of Shawcross considering his position.