Inquiry into third sector funding and accountability

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 8th November 2019

Equalities Committee recommends that the Scottish Government increase its funding support for the third sector.

The Scottish Parliament’s Equality and Human Rights Committee has published a report (this link will take you away from our website) following its detailed consideration of the Scottish Government’s draft budget for 2020-21.

Having taken evidence from across sectors, members heard that reduced and short-term funding in the third sector has led to job insecurity, loss of talent and cuts to essential services.

In response the Committee has called on the Scottish Government to consider:

  • Encouraging statutory funders to be more open to third sector organisations taking a “critical friend approach”.
  • Working with other statutory funders to consider how partnership working can be encouraged in a competitive funding environment.
  • Examining longer-term funding models available to statutory funders.

Convenor Ruth Maguire MSP said: “We’ve seen that the Scottish Government can move to a three-year equalities budget cycle, now we want other funders to follow suit and have asked the Scottish Government to set up a working group, involving key stakeholders, to examine longer-term funding models.”

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