Angus MacDonald slams threat to charities and voluntary sector from Labour/Tory/LibDem pact
Monday, 18 October 2010 14:23
Proposal would see Scottish charity regulations returned to Westminster
SNP Scottish Parliamentary Candidate for Falkirk East, Grangemouth Councillor Angus MacDonald has slammed the threat of charity legislation being returned to the ConDem government in London, a move proposed by the Calman Commission and supported by Labour.
The SNP Government firmly opposes the return of charity regulation to the Westminster parliament as proposed by the Calman Commission, the body set up in 2007 to review Scottish devolution ten years on which delivered its report last year.
Calling for charity regulations to remain under Scottish control, Councillor Angus MacDonald said:
“We must strongly resist this attempt to claw back charity regulation to Westminster.
“Charity law has never been the same across the UK. The SNP remains firmly opposed to such an imposition. In the five years since the passing of the 2005 Act, we have seen increasing public confidence in Scottish charities.”
“It is essential that with a separate legal system, charities in Scotland are regulated in Scotland. The current system works. I am deeply worried that returning Scottish charity legislation and regulation to a London Tory-led government, a move supported by the Labour party will be nodded through as part of the Calman proposals.
“There is no evidence or enthusiasm from the voluntary sector for this proposal. Instead there were many calls for lottery funding, a vital part of Scotland’s charitable sector to be devolved – a plea that has been ignored..
“The opinions and views of the SCVO (Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations), who oppose the plans and represent the majority of the 45,000 voluntary organisations in Scotland, must be taken into account. .
“The Scottish secretary is still working on this legislation which means there is time to drop the charity plans, and introduce legislation that will bring lottery funds to Scotland. As a Liberal Democrat he must also be aware that his party in Scotland said they were opposed to any powers being taken by Westminster.”
“Scotland’s charitable and voluntary sector has made clear it does not want legal powers to be taken back to London. The SNP is clear we do not want to see these powers taken back to London.
“It is now time for the Labour party and the UK Government to be clear that they will not do this."