ACVO Blog – OSCR Guidance on COVID-19

Below, our Development Officer, Sandy Mathers has written a short article on the current OSCR guideance:

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has published guidance for charities in relation to the Coronavirus epidemic which can be accessed here.

Please note that this guidance will be updated regularly as the situation develops.

The OSCR guidance also features links to relevant government guidance re Covid-19

This guidance will also be updated regularly.

AGMs

The guidance also addresses the question of how Charities with upcoming AGMs may deal with the situation;

“…it may be that by postponing your AGM, you are not fulfilling what it says in your governing document.  However, we would be understanding and proportionate about that.…”

Virtual Meetings

OSCR is keen for Trustees to meet virtually where this is possible. Even where there is no specific provision in your governing document for this to happen. This will allow decisions to be taken to ensure the charity is effectively run.

“…Where it isn’t going to be possible to get together face-to-face, holding meetings virtually could be a good option.  Some charities have specific provisions in their governing documents to allow meetings to take place over the phone or using digital solutions.  However, in the current situation, we are happy that charities hold their meetings in this way even if the governing document doesn’t say anything about this…”

If you wish to discuss this guidance, please email ACVO Development Officer, Sandy Mathers at  sandy.mathers@acvo.org.uk