From 1 January 2018, Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations (SCIOs) and Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) will appear in the Registrar’s Index of Company Names, which is maintained by Companies House.  Charities that are incorporated as companies already appear on the index. 

So, from January, SCIO names will appear alongside the names of companies (and other entities) when a user makes a search through Companies House’s CHS or WebCheck search.  This will help protect SCIOs’ names, for instance in the event of others looking to set up a company or CIO with the same name as a SCIO.  We would recommend that everyone looking to set up a SCIO or any other kind of charity checks the index before settling on a name to ensure it is not already in use by another organisation.

What it also means is that going forward Companies House will need to check whether a SCIO’s proposed name includes ‘sensitive words or expressions’ set out in The Company, Limited Liability Partnership and Business Names (Sensitive Words and Expressions) Regulations 2014.  These regulations detail the words and expressions that require the prior approval of Companies House before they can be used in a name.  

Examples of sensitive words  in SCIO names include:

  • Trust
  • Foundation
  • Association
  • Society
  • Fund

Where the proposed name for the SCIO you are applying for includes a ‘sensitive word or expression’, you will need to contact Companies House to obtain their approval before you apply to OSCR.  The email address for applications is  Please include ‘SCIO’ in the subject line of your email.  Before you apply please view Companies House website guidance (Annex A) which sets out the criteria for approval.  You are also advised to view Annexes B and C.

Some, but not all, words require you to seek the view of a government department or other body before you send your email to Companies House.  This is made clear in Annex A.  If the relevant body has no objection to your proposed name it will provide you with a statement of non-objection to provide to Companies House as part of the application for prior approval.

See for complete guidance

Former Chief Medical Officer Sir Harry Burns has carried out an independent national review into targets and indicators for health and social care. The review considered how targets and performance indicators can lead to the best outcomes for people being cared for, whether in hospital, primary care, community care or social care services. The report identifies some key principles and recommendations for using and developing targets and indicators going forward and includes the following statement:

The Third Sector - comprising community groups, voluntary organisations, charities, social enterprises, co-operatives and individual volunteers - has an important role in helping public bodies improve services. These bodies are best able to reflect the experiences of people who come into contact with health and social care and future design of targets and indicators needs to involve the Third Sector fully in the process.

View the news release here and the report here

A new briefing from Joseph Rowntree Foundation (part of JRF’s monitoring across the UK of changes to poverty rates and the underlying drivers of poverty) summarises how poverty rates in Scotland are changing.

Key findings:

• Poverty is lower in Scotland than in the rest of the UK and falls in poverty among pensioners and families with children have been greater and more sustained than elsewhere.

• More than a third of people in the poorest fifth of the population now spend more than a third of their income on housing; rising over the last 20 years and particularly in the last decade.

• The gap in attainment among children from the most and least deprived areas is very large and increases as children get older.

• Nearly one in five adults in the poorest fifth of the population experience anxiety or depression, far higher than in those who are better off.

• The majority of people in the poorest fifth of the population in Scotland do not have any savings or investments, and are not building up a pension.

This briefing accompanies UK Poverty 2017, which looks at trends in poverty in the UK as a whole.


In February 2017 around 120 people who work directly with children and young people came together to explore the 3 themes set out in Orkney’s Integrated Children’s Services Plan – wellbeing, relationships and poverty/disadvantage. The ideas generated were incorporated into the plan and, one year on, they are coming together again to take forward actions within the plan and to review progress. In particular they will be asking for your thoughts and ideas as they develop their approach towards minimising the impact of child poverty and disadvantage in Orkney.

Please could you fill out the sign-up sheet attached to the end of the agenda and return it to or Jane-Anne Denison at OHAC by Friday 15th December.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact them or Ellis Inkster, Clerical Assistant Education, Leisure & Housing Orkney Island Council, Council Offices, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY Telephone 01856 873535 Ext 2433

sign-up sheet  and agenda

New data protection advice service from ICO The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) launched a dedicated advice line on Wednesday 1 November to help small organisations prepare for the new data protection law.

The phone service is aimed at people running small businesses or charities and recognises the particular problems they face getting ready for the new law, called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The GDPR replaces the current Data Protection Act and comes into force on 25 May 2018.

Regulated by the ICO, the GDPR strengthens the rules around personal data and requires organisations to be more accountable and transparent. It also gives people greater control over their own personal data.

Read more about the data protection advice service here

BLOG: GDPR Overview What does the GDPR mean for organisations? And what’s going to happen on 25 May 2018 when it comes into force?

In the first in a series of 6 blogs, Alison Johnston from the Information Commissioner's Office gives a brief overview of GDPR.

Read the GDPR Overview blog here.



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