Scottish Executive fights red tape with five-year plan

The Scottish Executive has launched a five-year plan for Scotland’s voluntary sector in an attempt to cut red tape, solve funding issues and increase the sector’s role in the delivery of public services.

Johann Lamont, deputy communities minister at the executive, told a conference organised by the executive’s Voluntary Issues Unit last week: “We know that at times the executive comes into projects late in the planning stage, and that the voluntary sector has different perspectives and different solutions to our joint concerns. It’s important that we hear the options early enough to make a difference.”

A new cross-departmental group will oversee the plan. Progress on funding in particular is expected within the next 12 months.

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has welcomed the plan. “This vision demonstrates the Scottish government’s recognition of the vital role that voluntary organisations play in the delivery of public services, in uniting communities and promoting positive change in society,” said Lucy McTernan, SCVO director of corporate affairs.

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