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Watchdog removes inactive charity

 

It has fulfilled its mission

A charity has been removed from the register by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) as it no longer meets the public benefit test.

The Great Scottish Tapestry Charitable Trust set up in 2011, is inactive but had not been wound up by trustees.

The trust was established to create a tapestry on the subject of Scotland’s history, the 'Great Scottish Tapestry'. When completed, the intention was for the trustees to transfer the tapestry to another organisation where it would be held for the benefit of the public and made available for viewing.

The charity has now fulfilled its purposes and the tapestry is now on public display in Galashiels and permanently held by the Scottish Borders Council under the management of the charity Live Borders

In  its report OSCR stated: “Following our inquiries, we are satisfied that the charity does not provide, or intend to provide, public benefit and as such they no longer meet the charity test and should be removed from the Register.

“We have taken the decision to remove the charity from the Register, as opposed to directing the charity to take steps to meet the charity test, because the Trust has fulfilled its objects and is no longer active.”

In recent years, the Great Scottish Tapestry Charitable Trust’s income has declined from £5,914 in the year to March 2020 to -£20 in 2022-23, according to OSCR’s website.

 

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