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Supporting Scotland's vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

"Simply invisible": Scottish Government criticised for lack of support for voluntary sector

Responding to the Programme for Government, published by the Scottish Government on Tuesday, Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive of Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), said:

“There are elements in the Programme for Government that parts of our sector will welcome. There are elements that other parts will find frustrating.

“For the sector as a whole there is only the charity bill. That’s a technical bill - essential maintenance. The Programme for Government and the imminent budget are opportunities to address the long-standing issues charities, community organisations and social enterprises face. And yet there is nothing. The needs of the sector, even those that cost nothing, are simply invisible.

“I would prefer to publish a detailed statement welcoming or challenging the Scottish Government’s programme at a time when we face an existential threat perhaps greater than the pandemic. But I can’t. There is simply nothing there.”

Last modified on 7 September 2022