MS Society Scotland under investigation by OSCR

Charity embroiled in row with UK parent organisation

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator has confirmed it is investigating a complaint after an alleged management dispute between MS Society Scotland and its UK parent organisation.

The move comes after author JK Rowling quit her long-held position as patron of the MS Society Scotland last week, claiming the charity had changed beyond recognition.

A spokeswoman for the OSCR said the regulator was looking into a complaint, but declined to comment on the nature of the allegations.

Rowling, whose mother died from multiple sclerosis in 1991, said she could not stand by and watch dedicated members of staff suffer because of a management row.

"Late last year, I initiated and attended a mediation session in the hope of sorting out a long-standing and escalating conflict between the Scottish council and management in London, driven by the imposition of changes by London," she said in a statement.

"Unfortunately, this achieved very little. I have witnessed resignations of immensely dedicated people within MS Society Scotland and the increasing demoralisation of staff whom I have come to know and admire over the 10 years of our association."

An MS Society spokesman said the society was sorry that Rowling was standing down.

"The society is in the middle of a governance review to make sure we are properly organised to build on the excellent work we already do in Scotland and across the UK," he said.

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