This engagement follows on from a previous consultation in 2019 which sought views on potential improvements to the statutory charity regulation framework in Scotland. The consultation looked at proposals put forward by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). The proposals broadly focus on improvements to charity law that would increase transparency and accountability in order to maintain public trust and confidence in charities and OSCR. The Scottish Government are restarting engagement with the charity sector to develop and refine the proposals consulted on in 2019. This will provide stakeholders with an opportunity to help Scottish Government formulate a position on the way forward with charity law.
The majority of respondents supported the proposals in the 2019 consultation, however the analysis report made clear that more policy development work and stakeholder engagement was required before they could bring forward any legislative changes. This engagement will build on the previous consultation responses and will assist the Scottish Government in deciding the next steps for charity law.