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Our response SCVO welcomes this inquiry and would like to contribute the following: Introduction To begin, it is important to note that if we here in Scotland eventually move towards fully empowered communities (where real decision-making power – rather than just a … Read more

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Our response Long-term funding Many within the third sector do not receive funding from local authorities over more than one year. This is detrimental to their ability to plan for the future and provide the best service they can to what are often vulnerable groups. … Read more
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Comments on the Bill To give communities a greater say over local spending priorities, 10% of the total budget for the public sector in each local authority area could be allocated for participatory budgeting processes We support the introduction of a single, clear … Read more
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