OSCR annual report renews call for public collection rule

Scottish regulator says organisations that make collections should be required to reveal whether or not they are charities

The Scottish charity regulator wants new rules introduced on public collections
The Scottish charity regulator wants new rules introduced on public collections

The Scottish charity regulator has renewed calls for organisations that make public collections to be required to reveal whether or not they are a charity.

The Office for the Scottish Charity Regulator has made the call in its Annual Report and Accounts 2011/2012, published this week.

The OSCR first raised the issue with Scottish ministers in 2008 and has highlighted it again in its latest report.

The regulator is calling for rules to be introduced that would require organisations holding public collections to say whether they are charities or are operating on behalf of one. OSCR argues that such a requirement would make it clearer to the public when deciding on whether or not to make donations.

Other key priorities for the regulator over the next year include encouraging more charities to file their accounts through its online system. Last week, the regulator announced that more than 10 per cent of all Scottish charities had made use of the online system in the first two months since it was launched.

The report also highlighted some of the main advances made within the Scottish charitable sector over the past year, including the introduction of charitable incorporated organisation status, which is yet to be introduced in England and Wales.

David Robb, chief executive of the OSCR, said that the regulator would continue seeking to improve its functions and the efficiency of the sector. "Charities touch all our lives and they need the public's support and trust," he said. "Scotland's charity sector is responsible for an annual income of £8bn, so it’s crucial that we continue to deliver our statutory function as a proportionate regulator in order to maintain the public's confidence in charities."

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