Date lodged: 3 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure access to LGBTI+ support services in (a) Dumfries and Galloway and (b) rural areas.
Answered by: Angela Constance 24 February 2017
The Scottish Government has maintained its Equality Budget at £20.3 million for eight consecutive years. The Equality Budget is an important resource in advancing equality as it provides support for activity and interventions to improve the outcomes for people and communities across Scotland. In 2016-17, the Scottish Government provided over £850,000 of funding to LGBT organisations across Scotland. This included resource for LGBT Youth Scotland to provide local development networks and support for National Youth Council members in Dumfries, and funding for the Equality Network to provide one-to-one capacity building support for LGBTI community groups in rural and other areas across Scotland. In recognition of the challenges annual funding cycles present to third sector organisations, three year rolling funding will be introduced under the Equality Budget for 2017-20.