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The White Paper

SCVOHave you had an opportunity to look at it yet? Here is a wee summary from Scottish Council for VoluntaryOrganisations – makes interesting reading:

And here is a wee bit of info from OSCR:

You can view the White Paper here.

You can access the document by selecting View as HTML on the right hand side of the page, or in pdf format by selecting Associated Downloadable Documents.  Please note that the document is large and may take a few moments to load, particularly in pdf format.

The White Paper makes specific mention of the Third Sector and OSCR as regulator.  These items are at the end of Chapter 10 – Building a Modern Democracy (pages 368 to 370 in the pdf version) and in the Q&A section at questions 644 to 650 (pages 579 to 581 in the pdf version).

Naturally, this issue will generate considerable debate.  As we’ve stated previously, charities should feel able to contribute to the discussion providing that certain legal requirements are observed.

In July this year we produced our Guidance for Charity Trustees on the Independence Referendum for Scotland.  We recommend that you read our guidance and consider the possible impact of the referendum’s outcome on your charity.  Even if you conclude that there would be no significant impact, it would be good practice in terms of your strategic planning to have considered and discussed the various outcomes.

As regulator, we are keen to ensure that the country’s 23,500 charities, that play such an important part in Scottish life, feel able to participate while understanding their legal responsibilities.

Please share our guidance as widely as possible and encourage your colleagues to subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Twitter to ensure they’re also kept informed about charity governance.

If you have any questions on this matter, please email us at

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