Scottish regulator confirms charity linked to JK Rowling tweet has been wound up

The Dignity Project attracted headlines in June after a tweet was sent from its account that attacked the author JK Rowling about her support for the Better Together campaign

Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator
Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator

The Dignity Project, the Scottish poverty relief charity that courted controversy after apparently calling the author JK Rowling a "bitch" on Twitter for donating £1m to the anti-independence campaign in Scotland, has been wound up.

The project, which was registered as a charity in 1998, attracted national media attention in June after a tweet was sent from its account linking to a story on the website of The Guardian newspaper about the author’s £1m donation to the Better Together campaign. The tweet said: "What a #bitch after we gave her shelter in our city when she was a single mum."

In a statement posted on its website, the charity said it had had its account hacked and was not responsible for the tweet. It said: "To the people who hacked our account – if helping African children to thrive and survive, including single mums, is a bad thing, that is their problem."

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator said it was "making urgent inquiries into the matter".

The OSCR website shows that the charity was removed from the Scottish charity register on 23 January. Asked if he could give any account of why this had happened, an OSCR spokesman said: "The charity applied to us to wind up and we granted our consent, so it has been removed from the register."

The website of the charity, which was also known as the African Child Education Programme, has been taken down.

The offending Twitter account tweeted in August that it was "under new management", and in its biography said it would be "giving dignity to both sides of the discussion". It spent the next few weeks retweeting views from both sides of the Scottish independence debate, but has been silent since 17 September, the day before the referendum.

Third Sector was unable to contact anybody from the charity for comment.

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