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Adopt A Boxer Scotland is now a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation

Adopt A Boxer Scotland is now a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) and our charity number is SC043843.

What is a SCIO? The Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) is a new legal form for charities registered in Scotland. The SCIO is a corporate body able to enter into contracts, employ staff, incur debts, own property, to sue and to be sued. As such, it provides a high degree of protection against personal liability for its charity trustees. It also provides some reassurance for those entering into contracts with it, and for creditors. Unlike charities that are companies limited by guarantee, SCIOs have OSCR as a single regulator. The SCIO provides another option for bodies wishing to register as charities, and for existing Scottish charities wishing to adopt a different constitutional form.

Our constitution now comes into effect; you can find a copy of it here (in future it will be available to all via our website):

You can also apply to become a Member of AABS by downloading and completing the following form:

Why become a Member of AABS? By becoming a member you have the right to attend the AGM and vote on who becomes an AABS Trustee. By becoming a Member you will have a real say in how AABS is run.

The current Charity Trustees are Ewan Cheyne, Barbara Bell and Carol Rozmus. We hope to appoint a further two Trustees in the coming weeks, more news on that soon. At our first AGM, which we will hold in roughly a year’s time, all Trustees will step down but will be eligible to be voted back in by the Membership.

What does it mean for us being a charity:

• Being a regulated organisation can assure you of public goodwill and trust. Some funders may only consider charities. However, many organisations choose alternatives
that are better suited to their needs and some prefer to work with an existing charity.

• Tax benefits – charities may register with Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) for Gift Aid and other tax relief, and may qualify for rates relief from local authorities. However, for some charities, particularly smaller ones, the effect of tax relief may be minimal depending on the nature of their activities. (OSCR does not deal with tax matters; you should consult HMRC using the useful links on our website.)

• The people who control charities (charity trustees) have legal responsibilities to act in certain
ways and provide certain information to OSCR and the public.

• You must get OSCR’s permission before making certain changes, such as changing your purposes
or winding up.

• You must keep accounts and submit them to OSCR and, in future, filing will be done online. Most charities can prepare simple accounts but where your charity is a company or its gross income is £100,000 or more (this threshold increases to £250,000 for accounting periods starting on or after 1 April 2011), it must prepare more detailed accounts. All accounts must be externally scrutinised by a person who is independent of your charity.

Becoming a charity is a massive boost to us but it only means the start of the hard work! We are still working away trying to get our assessment for dogs coming into our care ready and getting the material for our training day together ready. Not to mention Volunteer Guidelines, Health & Safety, etc.