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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.

Policy blog

For those amongst us working to decipher the Levelling Up agenda, the past twelve months have been busy building new relationships and trying to assess the impact of this policy on the ground. A year on from the publication of the Levelling Up White Paper and the UKSPF... Read more
SCVO and The Third Sector Interface Scotland Network have written to Natalie Don MSP, Minister for Children, Young People and Keeping the Promise, to raise concerns about the administration of the Children, Young People, Families and Adult Learning Third Sector Fund (CYPFAL TSF... Read more
The Scottish Government’s Building Community Wealth in Scotland consultation was launched at the start of the year and seeks to legislate on the delivery of a wellbeing economy in Scotland.   SCVO are responding to the consultation and are seeking views from the sector... Read more
Another day, another budget, at least that’s how I felt on Wednesday morning as I prepared for the Spring Statement.   Yet, despite a glut of fiscal events over the last few months, the last UK Budget took place in October 2021, 500 days before our new Chancellor... Read more
Summary   Labour has recognised the need to support civil society to make an impact. The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) welcomes this recognition.   To support civil society, our workforce, and the people and communities we work with... Read more
Following the Spring Statement in which the Chancellor announced over £100 million to support charities and community organisations in England, SCVO has written to Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP, for clarity on how the full Barnett consequentials will be used to support... Read more
The Finance and Public Administration Committee at the Scottish Parliament has started to scrutinise what funding will replace EU Structural Funds in Scotland. SCVO and TSI Scotland Network submitted a joint letter to the committee ahead of an evidence session with Michael Gove... Read more
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... Read more
About our response SCVO takes transparency and accountability of voluntary organisations seriously, as well as issues that could have potential risks for the voluntary sector in Scotland. We have undertaken substantial scoping work and engagement with voluntary organisations to... Read more
Summary and Calls to Action  The Covid-19 pandemic and cost-of-living crisis are the latest chapters in a longer story of instability and unpredictability in voluntary sector funding.   The cost-of-living crisis has, for many organisations, increased demand for... Read more