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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-14257: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 31 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason all grant funding for Voluntary Action Scotland from September 2018 has been stopped.

Answered by: Angela Constance 20 February 2018

The decision to cease our funding to Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) at the end of their current grant period in September 2018 was informed by both the independent evaluation into VAS and the TSIs (published December 2016) and by a subsequent year of engagement during which we held extensive discussions with VAS, TSIs and wider third and public sector partners.

Our overall resource allocation to support TSIs and the network is not being reduced. We are retaining the resource currently supporting VAS for the TSI network, to create flexibility to respond to ambition and collaborative approaches, and to continue to support network support, knowledge and practice sharing.

Our priority is supporting TSIs to deliver against an ambitious vision that puts them at the heart of local decision making and ensures they can support and respond to the needs of local communities.