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Red tape is costing Scottish charities millions, says SCVO

Red tape is costing Scottish charities millions, says SCVO

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), have launched a “Red Tape – Cut it out” campaign in Scotland after the Government’s Better Regulation Task Force published a report entitled “Better Regulation for Civil Society”.

The campaign focuses on the cost to charities and other voluntary organisations in staff time and administration by complying with demands for information from regulatory authorities.

Some organisations were required to complete information for multiple regulatory authorities — some wanting similar information but in different formats and timescales.

The report found that managers of small charities are spending 10% of their time on dealing with Charity Commission regulations and some spent up to 40% of their time accounting for funding from central and local government.

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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