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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.

Sheghley Ogilvie

Policy and Public Affairs Officer

Policy and Campaigns
I am SCVO's policy and public affairs lead on funding and procurement. I cover the Programme for Government, the Scottish and UK Budgets, and the cost-of-living. I also work on the role of the voluntary sector as an employer, focusing on Fair Work and volunteering and represent SCVO on the Scottish Volunteering Forum Steering Group. I previously led on social security, poverty, and rights-based approaches and SCVO's Policy Network and Intermediaries Network. To discuss our policy priorities or find out more about our networks get in touch.

Summary SCVO welcomed the Scottish Government commitment to deliver ‘Fairer Funding’ by 2026 in the Policy Prospectus, New leadership - A fresh start, but there was little action on that in the Budget. Our sector continues to face unprecedented pressures. Delivering Fair Funding... Read more

Last month First Minister Humza Yousaf joined colleagues across the voluntary sector at SCVO’s annual conference, The Gathering, where he shared that Fairer, multi-year funding for the sector was on the horizon. As part of the Scottish Budget process, he offered the voluntary... Read more

The problem Action is urgently needed in the 2024/2025 Scottish Budget to secure the voluntary sector’s essential services. The cost-of-living crisis continues to squeeze voluntary organisations – with demand for services increasing, costs rising, and financial uncertainty... Read more

Last week the Living Wage Foundation announced the real Living Wage rate would increase by 10% to £12 an hour (£13.15 in London), as inflation and cost-of-living pressure continue to have the biggest impact on low paid workers. Scotland’s voluntary sector is a major employer... Read more

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 an annual... Read more

The Problem Scotland's voluntary sector is an employer, a partner, and a vital social and economic actor which employs over 135,000 paid staff and works with more than 1.2 million volunteers to support people and communities across Scotland. The Scottish Government’s policy... Read more

About our response SCVO welcomes the opportunity to give evidence to the Social Justice and Social Security Committee ahead of the 2024/25 Scottish Budget. Our submission draws on evidence from: SCVO’s engagement with the Social Justice and Social Security Committee... Read more

About our response SCVO welcomes the opportunity to respond to questions 5 and 7 of the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee. Our submission draws on evidence from: SCVO’s engagement with the Committee and its predecessor, the Equalities and Human Rights Committee... Read more

Context Scotland has exemplary commitments to becoming a Fair Work Nation and has clear guidance in place on what “fair work” means. The five pillars of Fair Work are: Effective voice Respect Opportunity Fulfillment Security Scotland’s third sector is supportive of these... Read more

SCVO welcomes the opportunity to respond to questions 12, 16 and 17 of the Finance and Public Administration Committee’s pre-budget scrutiny. Our submission draws on evidence from: SCVO’s engagement with the Finance and Public Administration Committee. Parliamentary records and... Read more