We will ensure that the Scottish voluntary sector is recognised as a significant social and economic actor.
The voluntary sector’s huge role in our economy extends well beyond the 100,000+ people it employs and an annual turnover of over £6 billion.
The Scottish voluntary sector works with 1.4 million volunteers and plays a key role in ensuring that the Scottish economy supports people and communities to live a fulfilled life.
Despite this, the voluntary sector’s economic contribution is often unnoticed. We will ensure our sector is recognised as the vital social and economic actor that we are. In 2021, we have commissioned a series of articles from leaders in the voluntary, public and private sectors to explore our understanding of the role of the sector in the economy.
Precarious and unsustainable funding risks our sectors contribution to the economy and society. We need reliable funding. To achieve this the way public funding is allocated must change. We will champion new funding models and fair access to the Scottish National Investment Bank, procurement, and youth employability programmes.
Together we can build a wellbeing economy.
Allan Young leads our policy work in this area.