Scotland has new laws to support and encourage charitable activity while reassuring the public that their money is being properly spent.

The law gives the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) powers to regulate charitable activity in Scotland.

The Scottish Charity Appeals Panel (SCAP) deals with appeals against decisions made by OSCR.

SCAP is an independent body. The Panel is not involved in any earlier decisions about a case.

SCAP provides a simple means for charities and those involved in their management to appeal decisions made about them by OSCR.