SCVO labels charity monitoring system as 'too ambitious'

The first system for comprehensively monitoring the activities of Scottish charities has been attacked as intrusive by umbrella body the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator is to launch a monitoring programme which will examine charities' accounts, fundraising and governance.

All charities will have to submit a copy of their annual report and accounts.

But the umbrella body says it is inappropriate for such a detailed system to be implemented before new charity law, which will establish a new regulatory system, is passed by the Scottish Parliament.

Currently, charities are merely obliged to send their accounts to the Inland Revenue. But the system has never been properly enforced, leading to confusion about how many charities exist in Scotland.

"It is naive to assume that all Scottish charities are currently equipped to respond to requests for high levels of information about their operations," said the SCVO's director of corporate affairs Lucy McTernan.

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