The new fundraising regulation regime in Scotland is not going to follow the route taken in England and Wales of promoting the use of the imminent Fundraising Preference Service, which will allow people to opt-out of contacts with fundraisers.
Scotland’s Third Force News has a short article ‘Freedom of information is underused by the third sector – why?‘, which looks at why charities may be hesitant to make use of freedom of information, and the ways in which it can benefit them.
Scottish charity regulator OSCR has published technical guidance for people who are advising village hall charities about incorporation as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) or a company, or making changes to their governing document.
Northern Ireland’s sector body NICVA has created a web page to “collate relevant articles, statements, and questions relating to the process of the UK leaving the European Union”. The hub will seek to provide information and updates on the many unanswered questions around important EU issues such as rights, environmental protections, employment law and sector funding.
The Scottish Government has set up a review of business rates in Scotland, to see how it could be improved to encourage long term investment and growth.
As SCVO says in its article, rate relief is very important for the third sector and this review will cover all non-domestic rates in Scotland, which includes charity rate relief. SCVO is encouraging voluntary organisations to respond, particularly those that benefit from the relief – read the SCVO piece for more background.
Scottish charity regulator OSCR has updated its Charity Trustee Declaration Forms, used in applications for charitable status. From October onwards only the new forms will be accepted.
These forms allow the people in management and control of the charity – the charity trustees – to assure us that they are aware of their responsibilities and are not disqualified. The new form also collects details allowing us to email all the charity trustees details of registration and charity trustee duties should the organisation be granted charitable status.