Scottish Government asks 'are we getting along?'

The Scottish Government will meet voluntary sector representatives in November and January to measure progress in forging a closer relationship.

Earlier in the month, a task group including senior figures from the SCVO and local and central government was set up to achieve targets on issues such as better partnerships and funding relationships, and improving the capacity of the third sector.

The task group's main goal is to create a relationship with local government based on "mutual respect".

Among its other goals is linking the Scottish Compact more closely to the single outcome agreements: all 32 local authorities in Scotland are drawing these up to show how they intend to deliver services that meet local and national priorities.

The SCVO said the Scottish Government was taking seriously its promise to work more closely with charities.

"One of the people on this task group is finance secretary John Swinney, one of the three most powerful ministers in the Scottish Government," said Peter McCall, policy officer at the SCVO. "That shows how seriously the executive is taking this."

He said that the task group's first priority was to draw up a blueprint for a good funding relationship.

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