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Summary This Bill fails to address how procurement can be used to benefit people and communities across Scotland. This purpose should be in the Bill. Without changes, the opportunity of this Bill to truly imbed sustainable procurement into contracting culture will b… Read more

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Responding to Stage 1 report We welcome the depth and detail in the Welfare Reform Committee’s consideration of the Bill. In this section we respond to some of the points made in the Stage 1 report. Fraud/Trust We are supportive of the Committee’s recommendation tha… Read more
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Summary The Stage 1 debate on the Referendum (Scotland) Bill on 14th May is an opportunity to move the debate beyond the technical issues of the franchise to a wider discussion of how we can encourage people to get involved in the debate. SCVO recently convened a vo… Read more
SCVO briefing to Scottish Parliament 31 January 2018 Our position Income tax cuts for the low paid will not significantly reduce poverty in Scotland, given that large numbers of those in poverty in Scotland do not pay income tax. The Scottish Government must use the… Read more
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