Over the past few weeks, I have been trying to gather pieces of information about the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) and its delivery in Scotland. In my previous blog, I noted how we would welcome greater engagement between the voluntary sector and the UK government on these issues.
At the time, SCVO had three main concerns:
Anna Fowlie, our Chief Executive, therefore welcomed the opportunity last week to meet with Ministers O’Brien and Stewart, along with colleagues from the Third Sector Interfaces Network (TSI Scotland Network) to discuss these issues. The meeting was positive and recognised the importance of the sector in this agenda.
We have now also shared further thoughts with ministers on local authorities’ investment plans (and how these should include a mandatory, specific requirement to involve the sector at both a strategic and delivery level), as well as funding, social investment and capacity. You can read it all in this joint letter.
Working in partnership across sectors should be the backbone of Levelling Up. We now hope to see this outlined as a key principle in the new UKSPF prospectus due to be published imminently.
As always, if you have any thoughts you would like to share with us on these issues, please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.