The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator is to remove five charities from its register because they are inactive.
The regulator has published reports saying that the AARO Charitable Trust, the Kurdish Cultural Association Scotland, Wanderers, the Monkstadt Trust and Cushnie Chaos are not fulfilling their charitable purposes or providing public benefit.
Its report on the Monkstadt Trust, set up to restore the historic site of Monkstadt House in Kilmuir in the Scottish Highlands, says the charity has not shown any income since the OSCR was set up in 2006 and its annual reports for the years 2006/07 and 2007/08 showed it had no income, no expenditure and no assets in those years.
Another of the charities, the AARO Charitable Trust, was set up to give grants to fund education in India and elsewhere in the world. The OSCR report says it has provided no evidence of its activities, income or assets since it was granted charitable status on 8 July 2008.
The charities have all been sent notices that say they will be removed from the register in 21 days’ time, but that they have the right to ask the OSCR to review this decision.
The regulator’s five reports all say that trustees have breached their general duties under the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 but that the OSCR does not consider it proportionate to take further action against them because their organisations will no longer have charitable status.