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Mixed response to budget plans

7th February 2020

Forbes said: “The global climate emergency is at the centre of our Programme for Government and we have already put in place the most ambitious climate legislation and targets of any country. This budget will help deliver on that world-leading ambition. “From increased investment…
Attendees heard from some of the most important figures in the field, with speeches from Pat Armstrong, chief executive of the Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations (ACOSVO), Anna Fowlie, chief executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisati…
Since 2017, the ScotRail Alliance – a partnership between ScotRail and Network Rail Scotland - has smashed that fundraising target, raising a whopping £255,000 through staff fundraising, customer donations, and gifts in kind such as free advertising at stations and on ScotRail tr…
Official figures published last year showed the number of Scottish pupils with additional support needs has risen by nearly 70% since 2012. Research by the Scottish Children’s Services Coalition shows that average spending by local authorities on additional support needs has fall…

Rates relief reform rejected

5th February 2020

Plans to revamp the business rates system in Scotland have been blocked. MSPs overwhelmingly rejected calls to move the responsibility for setting rates to local authorities. Last week, the Charity Retail Association called on politicians to reject the plans as they saw the refor…

Final week at Funding Scotland

16th December 2019

Well, it’s my final week with SCVO and Funding Scotland as I’m ‘retiring’ to follow my own interests and have new adventures. I’ve been involved with Funding Scotland since it was first launched back in 2014 and am delighted that it’s now the go-to place to look f…
First to be announced is a project by Dr Maite Huarte, based in Spain, that aims to identify new ways to treat drug-resistant bowel cancer – one of the most common cancers worldwide and the third most common cancer in Scotland today. This is just one of the projects chosen by the…
He said: “I suffered two trans ischemic attacks and a mini stroke 10 years ago. It was due to the diligence of the doctors and nursing staff, as well as being educated on the causes of why this happened to me, and what I could do to prevent it from happening again, that I can say…
Bob Carruth from the NFU told BBC Radio Orkney: "The disappointment is that these are two charities [that are] loved and very well supported among the rural community, but with these fundraising initiatives, they've caused a great deal of anger and upset amongst farmers, and that…
I’d like to thank each and every person who takes part in our Kiltwalk events. We’ve seen just what impact it can have; from a young walker in Dundee raising £5 for the Sea Cadets to the biggest charities raising hundreds of thousands of pounds. Everyone is making a big differenc…

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