What is the Scottish Charity Appeals Panel?
SCAP was established by the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005. The Act came into force on 1 April 2006 and introduces new arrangements for the regulation of charities in Scotland and establishes the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) as the regulator for charities in Scotland, independent of Scottish Ministers. OSCR is able to make a range of decisions about charitable organisations.
The Act makes provision for organisations to appeal under certain circumstances about such decisions. Panels, to be known as the Scottish Charity Appeals Panel, are established by section 75 and schedule 2 of the Act to consider these appeals. SCAP is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB). The Panel, its decisions and dealings with charities and the public are independent from both Scottish Ministers and from OSCR.
The Panels provide a simpler and cheaper way of appealing than going to court.
SCAP's vision is for a flourishing charity sector in Scotland in which the public has confidence and to which the work of the Scottish Charity Appeals Panel makes a positive and respected contribution.
Our aims for SCAP are:
- To provide fair, independent and informed adjudication of appeals against OSCR's decisions, in accordance with the Act and the Rules of Procedure
- To be accessible to users, working through flexible but consistent, impartial, efficient and effective proceedings
- To make decisions that reflect best practice, whilst keeping the time and costs involved for all parties to a minimum.