Scotland’s charity regulator, OSCR has recently issued directions to three agricultural charities to amend their constitutions, having determined that the wording used to describe their charitable purposes did not comply with the requirements under the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005. Charities must have exclusively charitable purposes and provide public benefit. OSCR has decided that phrases such as ‘the advancement of agriculture’ or ‘maintenance of the purity of the breed’ are not charitable purposes as defined in the legislation. OSCR is urging similar charities to review the wording of their constitutions and apply for changes to charitable purposes where required.

Guidance on Meeting the Charity Test and application forms to apply for changes to charitable purposes, are available to download free of charge here.