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Memoranda of Understanding

We have a number of formal agreements in place with other organisations. These set out how we intend to work together, to achieve efficiency and minimise reporting by charities. Please click on the links to view the full documents.

The National Lottery Community Fund

OSCR and the National Lottery Community Fund recognise the opportunities for joint working. The Policy Statement sets out both our commitments in this area, setting out how we will share information, evidence, and generally collaborate on cases where there is evidence of maladministration, misconduct or poor practice. 

The Charity Commission for England and Wales

Some charities regulated by the Charity Commission also have operations in Scotland and may also be registered and regulated by OSCR. For further information read our MOU. This was agreed in 2007 and is reviewed when appropriate.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)

We have always worked closely with HMRC in the transition to our taking responsibility for granting charitable status. Our MOU outlines when and how we will share information.

Financial Conduct Authority

The Financial Conduct Authority regulates Industrial and Provident Societies and Friendly Societies. Our MOU sets out the circumstances when we will work together and share information. 

Care Inspectorate 

The Care Inspectorate is an independent body set up to scrutinise and improve care, social work and child protection services for the benefit of the people who use them. For further information read our MOU.

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC)

All legally self-standing Scottish-based colleges and universities are registered charities in Scotland. The SFC distributes funding for teaching and learning, research and other activities. Our joint working agreement sets out how we work together in dealing with complaints and developing relevant guidance.

The Regulator of Community Interest Companies (CIC)

A CIC is a type of limited company designed specifically for those wishing to operate for the benefit of the community, rather than for the benefit of the owners. Our MOU sets out liaison arrangements between us and the CIC Regulator.

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO)

Along with regulating OSCR, the SPSO regulates a number of charities including Registered Social Landlords, colleges and universities. This MOU outlines how we will handle complaints about these organisations.

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS)

We have always worked closely with the COPFS and our MOU outlines how and when we work together and share information.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)

EHRC has a statutory remit to promote and monitor human rights and to protect, enforce and promote equality and human rights. We have a duty to encourage equal opportunities and have published our own Equality Strategy. This MOU sets out our respective powers and responsibilities and how we will co-operate in our work.

Institute of Fundraising (IoF)

The IOF is the professional membership body for fundraising across the UK. It promotes and supports best practice in fundraising in all forms through its Code of Fundraising Practice. Our MOU recognises the opportunities for joint working and the sharing of information.

Scottish Government Framework Agreement

This Framework Agreement sets out the terms of an agreement between OSCR and the Scottish Government, in relation to the governance, financing and operation of the functions of OSCR.

Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR)

The Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) is the independent regulator and register of social landlords (RSLs) in Scotland. Over 85% of RSLs are registered charities and both the SHR and OSCR have a role to play in protecting the interests of tenants, service users and charitable assets. Given that the core business of charitable RSLs is the provision of affordable housing and delivery of housing related services, SHR and OSCR have agreed that SHR will act as the lead regulator for charitable RSLs. This MOU sets out what this means in practice.

Charity Commission for Northern Ireland

This MOU provides a framework for closer working between OSCR and the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland. The MOU builds upon the co-operation that already exists between OSCR and CCNI and sets out the circumstances in which we will share information and collaborate.

Scottish Fundraising Adjudication Panel

The Panel has been established for the purposes of overseeing enhanced self-regulation of fundraising in Scotland, to be responsible for fundraising standards in Scotland and to handle fundraising complaints related to Scottish registered charities. This MOU sets out the agreement of joint working and sharing between the Panel and OSCR.

Information Commissioner

The Information Commissioner is the UK's independent regulator, appointed to uphold information rights in the public interest, promote openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. Our MOU sets out the circumstances of how and when we will work together and share information to assist us discharge our regulatory duties.