Share

Childcare charity first to switch to Scottish CIO status

Childcare charity first to switch to Scottish CIO status
News

Childcare charity first to switch to Scottish CIO status

Governance | Adam Martin | 14 May 2012

The Glen Urquhart Childcare Centre has become the first charity to convert to a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO).

SCIO legal status was introduced in Scotland in April 2011. Since then 215 new charities have been set up as SCIOs, but Glen Urquhart Childcare Centre is the first existing charity to change its status.

SCIOs are able to enter into contracts, employ staff, incur debts, own property, to sue and to be sued. The status means that trustees have more legal protection against personal liability and the charity is only answerable to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).

Arlene Johnstone, board director of the Glen Urquhart Childcare Centre, explained the thinking behind the decision: “We now have the reassurance of continued protection against personal liability, along with reduced reporting.

"As a company limited by guarantee, we were required to report both to Companies House and to OSCR as charity regulator. We accept as a SCIO there are new responsibilities, but reporting only to OSCR means that we can focus on providing our services to the local community,” said Johnstone.

The decision was taken by the charity following the introduction of a whole new board.

CIO status was first mooted in the Charities Act 2006 but is currently only available to Scottish charities. Plans are underway for the status to be introduced in England and Wales but its introduction has been delayed, with many blaming the Charity Commission, and the Commission in turn blaming Parliament.

In October it was announced that CIO status is likely to be introduced only for new charities initially in England and Wales

Comments

[Cancel] | Reply to:

Close »

Community Standards

The civilsociety.co.uk community and comments board is intended as a platform for informed and civilised debate.

We hope to encourage a broad range of views, however, there are standards that we expect commentators to uphold. We reserve the right to delete or amend any comments that do not adhere to these standards.

We welcome:

  • Robust but respectful debate
  • Strongly held opinions
  • Intelligent relevant discussion
  • The sharing of relevant experiences
  • New participants

We will not publish:

  • Rude, threatening, offensive, obscene or abusive language, or links to such material
  • Links to commercial organisations or spam postings. The comments board is not an advertising platform
  • The posting of contact details for yourself or others
  • Comments intended for malicious purpose or mindless abuse
  • Comments purporting to be from another person or organisation under false pretences
  • Gratuitous criticism, commentary or self-promotion
  • Any material which breaches copyright or privacy laws, or could be considered libellous
  • The use of the comments board for the pursuit or extension of personal disputes

Be aware:

  • Views expressed on the comments board are left at users’ discretion and are in no way views held or supported by Civil Society Media
  • Comments left by others may not be accurate, do not rely on them as fact
  • You may be misunderstood - sarcasm and humour can easily be taken out of context, try to be clear

Please:

  • Enjoy the opportunity to express your opinion and respect the right of others to express theirs
  • Confine your remarks to issues rather than personalities

Together we can keep our community a polite, respectful and intelligent platform for discussion.

Cafod’s total income rises by 9 per cent

28 Jul 2015

Catholic Aid for Overseas Development’s total income rose by £4.8m to £56m in the year ending 31 March...

Call centre charity threatened with closure and loss of more than 400 jobs

27 Jul 2015

More than 400 charity sector jobs are at risk after Broadcasting Support Services, a charity helpline...

NAO report criticises Cabinet Office for 'weak oversight' of £50m fund

23 Jul 2015

The Cabinet Office has been criticised by the National Audit Office for weak design and poor oversight...

£1m new fund makes grants available to charities working with young people

29 Jul 2015

A fund worth more than £1m is open to application today for charities working to support and encourage...

NCVO to publish fundraising self-regulation review questions today

28 Jul 2015

The Etherington Review of fundraising self-regulation has today published a list of questions for charities...

National Garden Scheme raises £15m for Macmillan Cancer Support

28 Jul 2015

The National Garden Scheme has raised a total of £15m for Macmillan Cancer Support over 30 years, becoming...

JustGiving launches free guide for charities on how to use data

7 Jul 2015

JustGiving launched a free guide yesterday to help charities use data to shape fundraising strategies....

Institute of Fundraising unveils new mobile-compatible website

3 Jul 2015

The Institute of Fundraising has unveiled a new mobile-compatible website which it says better “reflects...

Get a mobile compatible website or lose donors, Google executive tells charity conference

2 Jul 2015

It is "not an option" for charities to have websites which don't work on mobile, because donors are increasingly...

Join the discussion

Twitter
 
Training

Attending our one day courses is a highly effective way of ensuring new and existing trustees fully understand their role, responsibilities and liabilities.

>> Find out more <<