In response to the UK Government's Spring Statement, SCVO Chief Executive Anna Fowlie said:
"The UK Government's announcement of over £100m of additional support for charities and communities in England is welcome news and comes on the back of calls from organisations across the UK for targeted funding for charities to meet rising costs and increased demand. The recognition that this investment will also support organisations to adopt energy efficiency measures, allowing them to reduce future operating costs, is also welcome and is the start of a conversation about how to work together to create a more sustainable and resilient voluntary sector.
While this will be positive news for organisations in England, SCVO is calling on the Scottish Government to follow the Chancellor's decision to support charities and the people and communities they work with, by ensuring that voluntary organisations in Scotland benefit from the full Barnett consequentials of this announcement. We want to see a clear plan from the Scottish Government on what additional funding will flow to the sector.
Far too many voluntary organisations are telling us that they're worried they won't make it through the next year or will need to reduce the essential support and services they provide. With 67% of voluntary organisations reporting financial challenges and almost half reporting that rising costs are having a negative effect on their ability to deliver their services, voluntary organisations across Scotland will be looking to the Scottish Government to provide further support to the sector following today's Spring Statement.”