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Voluntary Sector Funding

Finance and Public Services and Communities – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:00 pm on 16th September 2004.

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Photo of Chris Ballance Chris Ballance Green 2:00 pm, 16th September 2004

To ask the Scottish Executive how voluntary sector funding will be reformed. (S2O-3255)

Photo of Margaret Curran Margaret Curran Labour

The Executive is currently undertaking a strategic review of voluntary sector funding in partnership with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations. We are now agreeing a joint action plan to take forward key recommendations, which we expect to publish shortly.

Photo of Chris Ballance Chris Ballance Green

We look forward to seeing the definition of "shortly". I am sure that the process has been constructive and we all look forward to reading the published document. How might the Executive's intentions to make efficiency savings in spending on public services impact on the voluntary sector and the overall intentions of the strategic funding review?

Photo of Margaret Curran Margaret Curran Labour

As Chris Ballance indicated, we have a constructive working relationship with the voluntary sector and with all key partners, including COSLA, which is part of the discussion. We intend to take forward with those organisations any efficiency proposals that we have. Broadly, most of them would be up for an efficiency agenda because, like us, they share a strong commitment to ensuring that resources are directed to front-line services.