Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator consults on draft guidance for charity trustees

The OSCR says there are no substantive changes, but the document is being updated to make it easier to access and to understand

Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator
Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator

Charities in Scotland are being asked for their views on new draft guidance for charity trustees published by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

The OSCR said the draft guidance, which sets out the duties and responsibilities of charity trustees in Scotland, did not contain any substantive changes but was being updated to make it easier to access and understand.

The regulator last updated the guidance in September 2010 and it said the new version, which is available as a downloadable document or as individual web-based sections, included a less formal tone and illustrative examples to allow users to focus on areas relevant to their own organisations.

Laura Anderson, head of enforcement at the OSCR, said: "Our draft updated guidance focuses more clearly on what’s expected of charity trustees and highlights some of the common issues and challenges facing those who run charities.

"While the underlying principles of our guidance haven’t changed, what we’ve tried to do is set out in a more straightforward way what charity trustees must consider, so that they meet legal requirements, ensure that their charities are well run and avoid some of the common problems that can arise."

The consultation consists of two strands: an online survey asking readers to rate the usability of the guidance and a downloadable form that asks for feedback on the content of the 49-page guidance.

It runs until 18 December and the final guidance is due to be published in spring 2016.

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