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Finances and Insurance

These pages are intended to assist you in finding the resources that you need, including those published by the Charity Commission for England & Wales, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) and the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland as well as HMRC. There will also be clarification of a number of technical issues which are frequently queried by members.

Insurance

The Scouts, through Unity Insurance Services, provides insurance to protect what is most important in Scouting: you, the members.

Learn more about insurance

Banking

The Scouts requires groups to use bank accounts (POR Rule 3.50). Learn more about banking.

Learn more about Scout group bank accounts

Accounting and Reporting

Independent examination of accounts, receipts and payment, scrutineer's report to the trustees and the trustees' annual report.

Discover more about accounts and reporting

VAT

Important facts about UK VAT for Scout groups, districts, counties, areas and Scottish regions.

Learn more about VAT

Gift Aid

Gift Aid is a tax relief set up by the Government to enable charities to claim back 25p for every eligible £1 donation that is made to your charity. Make the most of Gift Aid for your local Scout Group or your donations to UK Scouts.

Learn more about Gift Aid

UK Headquarters Membership Fee

The UK Headquarters membership fee is calculated based on the number of Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts and Explorer Scouts. Please note that there are different arrangements in place to set fees in the Nations, and as such, the Nations' Boards are responsible for setting the fees in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Learn more about the fee