Scottish charity law reform inevitable, says SCVO's chief

Reform of charity law in Scotland is inevitable following the publication of the Strategy Unit report for England and Wales, said SCVO chief executive Martin Sime.

Scottish charity law reform has stalled since the publication of the McFadden Report in May 2001. The Scottish Executive has said that it will outline a timetable for its implementation by the end of this year.

According to the author of the report, law lecturer Jean McFadden, controversy over a public benefit test for public schools is one of the reasons for the delay.

But Sime is predicting change now that reform is on the agenda in England and Wales. "Scotland now has to look to London for a sense of direction in terms of government policy on the voluntary sector,

he said.

"There has been a seismic shift in government policy on the voluntary sector south of the border. Despite the worst intentions of some vested interests in Scotland, charity law reform is inevitable.

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