OSCR set to axe 5,000 charities

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator revealed this week it expects to get rid of 5,000 dormant charities from its register by April 2007.

The regulator is removing groups from a list of 30,000 charities it inherited when it took over regulatory duties from HM Revenue & Customs this year.

The OSCR announced in July that it had removed more than 2,000 charities from the register and would axe more by August 2007 (Third Sector, July 12) if they failed to respond to its attempts to contact them.

However, the OSCR has moved its deadline forward to April in an attempt to have an up-to-date register by June. It will then begin a rolling review of charities under the new public benefit test, which became mandatory under Scotland's 2005 Charities Act.

"Our intention is to complete this process in advance of our rolling review, when every charity will be assessed," said Judith Hayhow, head of resource management at the OSCR.

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