Citizens Advice Scotland announces independent governance review

citizens advice scotlandCitizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has appointed “independent experts” to review its own governance with the aim of making the charity a model within the sector for progressive governance.

The move follows a difficult few months which have seen the departure of chief executive Margaret Lynch and the loss of finance director Jon Dye.

Tory MSP Alex Johnstone had called for the Scottish Government to investigate the running of the charity but the organisation itself has pre-empted this with the announcement of a review.

CAS chair Dominic Notarangelo said: “As the organisation which supports Scotland’s largest independent advice network, we represent one of the most significant groups of charities: one which provides vital help to millions of Scots across a variety of issues. We believe it is important that our governance model reflects the changing needs of society and ensures that we can continue to provide the best possible service. We are also the recipients of public funds, and are committed to having transparent processes which continue to ensure good value for taxpayers money.

“We believe that the devolution of further powers through the Scotland Bill brings significant opportunities, both for CAS and the member bureaux we represent, and we’re keen that we’re in the best place to make the most of those and deliver value for the citizens of Scotland. We will therefore be working with independent experts to conduct a governance review, in conjunction with the UK and Scottish Governments and our 61 member bureaux.”

CAS added that as well as conducting extensive consultation with stakeholders, it charity will provide further public updates on the governance review in due course.

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