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Most charities now filing returns online, OSCR says

Over 95% of Scottish charities are now using OSCR Online, up 14% from this time last year, the regulator has said.

The Scottish Charity Regulator is committed to getting all of Scotland’s 24,000 charities online so that they are able to use digital tools effectively in order to improve the impact of their work.

There have been many contributing factors to the increase in online uptake, including OSCR staff supporting charities through the sign-up process. The increase has resulted in 3,313 less charities using paper to submit the majority of their documentation and make changes to their information.

There are 1,215 charities (5% of the Scottish Charity Register) still to sign up to OSCR Online.

OSCR’s head of engagement Jude Turbyne said: “It is fantastic to see that more Scottish charities are taking advantage of our secure and safe online portal. This increase is good for charities. It is also great for us because it allows us to be more effective in what we do, and put more resources into areas of work that will really benefit the public and charities.

“The sector is working hard to embrace online systems and this shows that they take their regulation responsibilities seriously. We know that going online can be a bit scary for some charity trustees, but we can help with the start-up process.

“The majority of charities in Scotland are striving to be as effective as possible in making life better for their beneficiaries. Using digital tools is just one of methods they use to achieve this.”

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