SCVO response to Programme for Scotland 2018/19

Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive for the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) responded today to the Scottish Government’s Programme for Scotland 2018-19: “There’s plenty in the Programme for Government that will make a real difference to people in Scotland, with many of the priorities coming from Scotland’s third sector – including action to improve mental wellbeing and tackle homelessness. There is also a very strong commitment to protecting and enshrining human rights.

“Importantly too, a commitment to work in partnership with the third sector runs throughout the programme, and SCVO looks forward to helping make that happen.

“But while the Scottish Government has clearly given some serious thought to the long-term future of the third sector – including how charities are regulated and how open and transparent they are – we would like to see this go even further. We feel it will be critical to also explore how charities should be funded and to ensure the term ‘charity’ is properly defined, and no longer used as a convenient label to secure financial benefit.”