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Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010

Section 121 - Variation, revocation and review of directions

328.This section allows a charity to request a review of a decision by Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) to issue it with a direction under section 30(1)(a) of the 2005 Act requiring it to take steps to meet the charity test. The section also allows OSCR to vary or revoke a direction – either on its own volition or at the request of the charity – after it has been issued. This may be used to take account of new information or a change in circumstances.

329.New section 71(ia) of the 2005 Act introduces a right of review of OSCR’s decision to issue a charity a direction under section 30(1)(a) of the 2005 Act where it appears to it not to meet the charity test. This allows the charity to request a review of the decision – something which the legislation did not previously allow. As consequentially amended, section 73(2) prevents the direction issued under section 30 from having any effect until such time as any review and/or appeal – if requested – has been concluded.

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