Scottish charities unsure about slice of £125m funding

Scottish charities are still waiting to find out if they will receive any of the £125 million allocated by Gordon Brown in July's Comprehensive Spending Review to help voluntary-sector public service delivery.

Under the Barnett formula, which assigns a proportion of UK public spending to Scotland, the Scottish Executive will receive a percentage of the £125 million. But it is for the Executive to decide how to spend it and, according to a spokesman for SCVO, it has yet to say whether all or even some of the money will be spent on the Scottish voluntary sector.

But the Executive said £360 million will be spent on the voluntary sector in 2002/3, an increase of £17 million on last year. Of this, £288 million will go directly to 700 voluntary groups, while £131 million will be allocated through agencies such as Scottish Natural Heritage.

"The voluntary sector is a crucial social partner in a whole range of areas including childcare, community regeneration and tackling poverty.

Overall, this money will be used to target advice and services for the people of Scotland who need help the most,

said deputy social justice minister Hugh Henry.

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