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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.

Kate Wane

Former Policy Officer at SCVO

The Scotland Bill - so after Monday’s session in the Commons where are we? The most interesting addition to the Bill is the power to create new benefits in areas of devolved responsibility. It’s something that was promised by Smith, but until Monday had not looked likely to be... Read more

Taxation With the prospect of new powers over income tax through the Scotland Act 2012 and Scotland Bill 2015-16, SCVO has been reflecting on what a future Scottish tax system may look like. For SCVO there are two key questions to be answered before we began to consider what we... Read more

Kate takes a look at the UK government's amendments to the Scotland Bill 2015-16 and asks if they deliver all that's been promised. Read more

We’re crowdsourcing a third sector manifesto and we want your help Read more

Introduction Our starting point is that our economy needs to change. In our discussion paper ‘An Economy for All’ we suggest four guiding principles which should underpin an urgently needed rethinking of our economy: The well-being and collective prosperity of people across... Read more

Kate blogs about this week's #ScotlandBill event reflecting on what delegates heard from the Secretary of State for Scotland and what role the third sector has in shaping new powers. Read more

Introduction SCVO welcomes the opportunity to respond to this timely and important inquiry by the Welfare Reform Committee. The Committee has been one of the most effective in the Scottish Parliament, scrutinizing and challenging both UK and Scottish policy. Such tenacity is... Read more

Introduction SCVO welcomes the Committee’s call for views on its future work programme and how the Committee itself should undertake its work. At a time when there is a strong public, press and policy focus on Scotland, largely following the substantial engagement in the... Read more

One year on from the referendum on Scottish independence, Kate Wane reflects on where we are at in terms of third sector policy Read more

General Concerns On reading the consultation, our overwhelming impression is that the creation of regulations and guidance, along with the ongoing running of the Fund, is focussed on administrative convenience rather than the needs of applicants. The focus seems to be on... Read more