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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

Earlier this month on the one-year anniversary of Liz Truss beginning her short, ill-fated stint as Leader of the Conservative Party and UK Prime Minister, the First Minister of Scotland Humza Yousaf MSP, outlined his first Programme for Government (PfG). The PfG is annual event... Read more
Anna Fowlie, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations' (SCVO) Chief Executive, responds to the 2023/24 Programme for Government. Read more
In this blog, Kyrstie Brown shares 5 lessons she has learned from over 20 years of SCVO's policy network. Read more
In April, HMRC published a consultation on charity tax compliance to: “examine … charity taxation rules to help tackle non-compliance and protect the integrity of the charity sector without changing the overall purpose of the reliefs … [and] … ensure the rules continue... Read more
SCVO's policy and public affairs team braced ourselves for a busy start to the year – you may recall my blog from December. We've needed to continue to raise the profile of immediate issues affecting voluntary organisations, such as the escalating energy costs and... Read more
Summary The current situation for voluntary organisations is worse than pre-pandemic, or even during the pandemic.  This is because, just as voluntary organisations were at a low ebb post-pandemic, they were hit with the cost of living crisis, which has seen them facing a... Read more
About our submission SCVO is pleased to provide evidence for the Scottish Government's ‘National Outcomes review in 2023.’ Our submission builds upon our previous response to the Finance and Public Administration Committee in April 2022. We highlight the important contribution... Read more
Scotland’s National Performance Framework (NPF), a policy tool that sets out Scotland's National Outcomes and 81 Indicators as specific measures of progress, is currently under review. At a time when a new policy framework or strategy emerges every week in Scotland with little... Read more
About our response The past few years have been a whirlwind of escalating crises. The climate crisis, COVID pandemic, and the cost-of-living crisis have heightened existing inequalities, and the unequal impact of these crises mean the most marginalised and vulnerable communities... Read more
Current Context Voluntary organisations are crucial to Scottish society. This has never been more evident than over the course of the last few years, but we cannot forget that, long before the pandemic and the cost-of-living crisis, charities have been relied upon on a daily... Read more