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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.

Jason Henderson

Policy & Public Affairs Officer

Policy and Campaigns

If you don’t have the time (or the desire!) to read this blog in its entirety – just read this: we are looking for voluntary organisations who are expecting funding from the Scottish Government in the forthcoming financial year to take part in a quick and easy monthly survey for... Read more

In August, the Charities (Administration and Regulation) (Scotland) Act 2023 received Royal Assent. It was the result of a lengthy process, beginning with a consultation on OSCR’s original proposals in 2019, and culminating in the bill moving at pace through its final... Read more

Earlier this year, SCVO responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on access to information rights in Scotland - a process designed to collect the views of stakeholders on the need for future legislative change in relation to the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act... Read more

Challenge Poverty Week, launched by the Poverty Alliance in 2013, is a fantastic week of events, discussion, and reflection on how we as a nation can come together and show that collective action can challenge the injustice of poverty in Scotland. Hundreds of organisations bring... Read more

About our submission We have undertaken initial scoping work and engagement with voluntary organisations to inform our position on proposals included within this consultation, including: Hosting an engagement event on the proposals in partnership with the Human Rights Consortium... 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 to be fit... 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

SCVO has written to Shona Robison MSP following her appointment as Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance. Dear Deputy First Minister Congratulations on your recent appointment as Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Deputy First Minister. I really appreciate the... Read more

About our response SCVO welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Social Justice and Social Security Committee’s consultation on the Scottish Government’s Charities (Regulation and Administration) (Scotland) Bill. Our submission focuses on the Bill itself – its contents and... Read more

When the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act was first passed in the Scottish Parliament, the average price of a pint was £2.40, sold in venues that would not yet see smoking indoors banned until the following year. The best-selling phone in the world was the Nokia... Read more