OSCR urged to include charities' accounts and annual reports in online register

Charity Law Association says move crucial to maintaining confidence in voluntary organisations

The Charity Law Association has called on the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator to publish charities' accounts and trustees' annual reports in its online charity register.

The association was responding to the Scottish Government's consultation on proposed minor amendments to the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005, which ended on 27 July. It said the contrast between the information made available by the OSCR and the Charity Commission, which revamped its online register of charities to include far greater detail a year ago, was "stark".

Scottish charities are currently required to supply copies of their constitutions and their latest accounts to anyone who requests them. But the CLA working party, chaired by Ann Phillips of law firm Stone King Sewell, said publishing accounts and reports on the OSCR's website was "crucial to establishing and maintaining the appropriate level of public confidence in the charity sector".

A spokesman for the OSCR said the regulator would launch a consultation later in the year on its reporting requirements, which would include questions about the additional information that should be included on its charity register.

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