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Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010

Section 125 - Reorganisation of restricted funds

335.This section introduces a new Chapter 5A to the 2005 Act, which makes provision for OSCR to approve the reorganisation of restricted funds held by a charity. The new section 43A(1) sets out the criteria that must be met for OSCR to be able to approve a restricted fund reorganisation, while subsection (2) sets out what the conditions referred to in paragraph (a)(i) are, at least one which must be satisfied in order for OSCR to be able to approve a reorganisation scheme.

336.Subsection (3) gives the Scottish Ministers the power to make regulations setting out further details in relation to the application process. Subsection (4) sets out examples of what those regulations may provide, including publication requirements and the timescale within which OSCR must make a decision. Subsection (4)(d) makes clear that the regulations may make further provision relating to the action which a charity applying for a reorganisation may take to satisfy OSCR that it has been unable to ascertain the wishes of the donor.

337.Section 43B allows OSCR, either of its own accord or on the application of a charity, to apply to the Court of Session for approval of a restricted fund reorganisation scheme. Subsection (1) sets out the conditions that OSCR must be satisfied of in order for it to make such an application. Subsection (5) provides the Scottish Ministers with a power to make regulations setting out the action OSCR may take to satisfy itself in relation to seeking the views of the donor. Subsection (6) adds a clarification that this does not affect the Court’s ability to consider, and approve, a cy pres scheme in relation to a charity.

338.Section 43C provides that an approved restricted fund reorganisation scheme allows the funds to be used in a manner permitted by that scheme, despite any contrary provision.

339.Section 43D provides definitions of terms used in the Chapter, and adds the refusal of an application under the chapter to the decisions which can be reviewed and appealed.

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