Scottish report calls for more involvement in service delivery

Plans to increase public sector service delivery from voluntary organisations in Scotland have been difficult to realise, according to a report published by the Scottish Government.

The report, An Evaluation of the Futurebuilders Scotland Funding Programme, which was carried out for the Scottish Government's social research department, said the Scottish Government needed to "stimulate the demand for social economy services among public purchasers" and "open up public sector commissioning processes and procurement markets to the third sector".

The report also said that Futurebuilders Scotland should cut grant funding to a minimum and use it only when no other form of finance could be used more effectively, and that it needed to focus its future investment on three areas: asset development, public service innovation and social enterprise development.

It recommended running capacity-building services alongside funding programmes.

"As part of any continuation programme, the Scottish Government should consider ways in which development, support and training can be combined with direct investment as part of a tailored package of support," the report said.

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