'Only warm words' in parties' Scottish Election promises

Scotland's main political parties have come under fire for failing to give proper recognition to the contribution made by voluntary organisations to community life in Scotland.

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations said the parties' manifestos for next week's Scottish Parliament elections contained "only warm words about the voluntary sector and nothing of any particular substance".

"We would have liked to have seen a proper recognition of the role played by the voluntary sector in Scotland," said SCVO's Leon Thomas. "We wanted to see a commitment to a charity review and a proposed funding strategy to help the voluntary sector develop the good work it does. We haven't seen that."

Elections for the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly, as well as many councils across the UK, take place on 1 May. The SCVO plans to lobby for a charities bill, which would include a new regulatory body, after the elections.

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