Responding to the Scottish Government’s policy prospectus, New leadership – A fresh start, SCVO Chief Executive Anna Fowlie, said:
“I welcome the Scottish Government’s latest commitment to progress Fairer Funding across its support for the voluntary sector, including the commitment to multi-year funding. Despite similar statements made by previous governments, progress to date has fallen far short of what is required, so I hope this marks a fresh start as promised.
"Real action is needed for this commitment to materialise. We need to see the Scottish Government take concrete steps to incorporate SCVO’s call for Fair Funding, addressing short-term funding cycles and tackling ingrained operational issues such as delayed decision-making, inconsistent processes, and poor communication.
"While I appreciate the Scottish Government’s continued commitment to becoming a Fair Work Nation by 2025, it is crucial that funding uplifts are provided across grants and contracts to sustain the public services that voluntary organisations provide, and to ensure that all staff delivering those services receive at least the Real Living Wage.
"Faced with these funding challenges, the ability of voluntary organisations to deliver essential services across Scotland will continue to suffer, impacting their staff, volunteers, and the people they support. We need a new approach to funding the voluntary sector that is long-term, flexible, sustainable, and accessible.
"I hope that the latest commitment from the Scottish Government signifies its readiness to play its part in achieving Fair Funding for voluntary organisations across Scotland.”