Scottish outfit ordered to stop posing as a charity

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator has ordered an organisation called Scottish Help to stop posing as a charity.

The OSCR said that it had received a number of enquiries from the public since August 2006 about Scottish Help after the organisation distributed leaflets displaying a false registered charity number.

Scottish Help – which was collecting goods in the Glasgow area – is not entered on the Scottish Charity Register, the OSCR said.

An OSCR statement said: “Inquiries conducted under section 28 of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 confirmed that Scottish Help has been held out to be a charity when it is not.”

It added that the OSCR had issued two directions under the 2005 act requiring Scottish Help and its representatives to “stop holding Scottish Help out as being a charity when it is not”.

A spokesman for the OSCR said that if Scottish Help – which is also known as Scottish Help for the World and Scottish Help for the Poor People – continued to represent itself as a charity it would be committing a criminal offence, which would be punishable by a prison sentence or fine.

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