Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator removed nearly 1,000 charities from its register last year

OSCR annual report also shows that almost as many new charities were registered in 2009/10

OSCR annual review
OSCR annual review

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator removed 952 charities from its register in the financial year 2009/10, according to its latest annual report.

The report, published this week, shows that the OSCR also granted charitable status to 944 new charities and refused to grant charitable status to 21 organisations.

A spokesman for the OSCR said 192 charities had been removed from the register voluntarily. He was unable to say how many of the remainder were removed for being either inactive or non-compliant.

The report shows that the regulator handled 371 complaints about charities and conducted inquiries in 258 cases. Forty-seven per cent of complaints to the OSCR were from members of the public and 23 per cent were internal referrals from within the OSCR.

It also shows that the number of applications for charitable status increased slightly, from 1,118 in 2008/09 to 1,131 in 2009/10.

The report says the OSCR advised Scottish ministers that organisations engaged in public collections should be required to state whether or not they are a charity, and that the charity test should be expanded to require an applicant body or charity to have some connection with Scotland.

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