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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.

Europe

The UK/EU relationship is at a new stage. The implementation of the Trade & Cooperation agreement (TCA) between the UK and the EU is now in focus and SCVO is keen to ensure that the Scottish voluntary sector is included, heard and understood in what comes next.

The TCA creates two structures for civil society to engage with decision makers on the new relationship between the UK and the EU, its implementation, and its impact on communities: 

  • A Domestic Advisory Group (DAG) for discussion at the UK level between stakeholders and the UK Government. 
  • A UK / EU Civil Society Forum (CSF) at the transnational level for civic society dialogue between the UK and EU.  

While the UK DAG will deal with the whole agreement, we understand that the CSF will focus on Part 2 of the TCA considering issues relating to trade, transport, energy, fisheries, labour standards, environmental rights, and social security coordination.

As we did throughout the Brexit process, SCVO continues to work closely with its sister councils (WCVA, NCVO and NICVA) and other stakeholders across the UK on these issues. Back in the summer we produced a four nations’ sector response to the UK Government consultation on the implementation of the TCA. In it we specifically asked for the voluntary sector to have the same level of representation on DAG and CSF as the other parts of UK civil society, and for devolved voices to be heard. 

We also know that voluntary organisations are concerned about post-EU funding. Last autumn successful bids to the Levelling Up Fund (LUF), the Community Renewal Fund (CRF), and the Community Ownership Fund (COF) were announced. Most recently the UK Government published the Levelling Up White Paper and the pre-launch guidance on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF). We expect to hear more details in the spring about how the UKSPF will operate.

Rachel Le Noan leads our policy work in this area. Contact rachel.lenoan@scvo.scot