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Will English charities need to register in Scotland?

Howard Lake | 9 August 2004 | News

Business adviser and charities specialist Baker Tilly is warning charities in England and Wales that they may need to register with an additional regulatory body as the progress of the draft Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill continues.

The registration would apply to all charities if they undertake any fundraising or profile raising activities in Scotland, even if this is just by way of a press release being used in a Scottish newspaper.

Carol Sellwood, Head of Charities and Education at Baker Tilly, is warning charities who fall into this category that they will need to register with the newly formed Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).


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Carol said: “Charities in England and Wales, whilst they will be following the Charities Bill in England and Wales with interest, may not have realised that a draft Charities Bill has been published in Scotland. They may think the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill will not affect them, but this Bill may have repercussions for charities in England that operate in any way in Scotland.

“The major concern is that some charities may not realise that even small levels of activity in Scotland mean they will have to register with OSCR. Our advice is to keep up to date with developments in the Scottish Bill and for charities to make sure they comply.”

The Scottish Executive’s consultation period on the Bill will come to a close on 25 August 2004.