New powers and new sector minister for Scotland’s government

New minister for Scottish voluntary sector

The new secretary for communities, social security and equalities in the Scottish Government is Angela Constance. Third Force News coverage on her appointment, and the rest of the new cabinet, points out that as well as being responsible for the third sector she will also be overseeing the large task of implementing the new welfare powers being devolved to Scotland.

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Government urges sector voice on referendum, but not elsewhere

As reported by Civil Society News, the government has indicated that it will exempt researchers and academics from the anti-advocacy clause in grant contracts, but not charities. See previous VoluntaryNews coverage on grant lobbying restrictions for background.

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Further sector analysis of Budget 2016

Further voluntary sector analysis and commentary on the government’s latest Budget. Also see the original VoluntaryNews coverage ‘Charities and Budget 2016‘.

From Charity Finance Group, ‘Budget Focus: What was hidden in the numbers for charities?‘ delves into the detail in the Office for Budget Responsibility’s ‘Economic and Fiscal Outlook‘. The focus is on how the economy might impact government and household resources, and hence charity services.

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Welsh response on grant lobbying restrictions

Welsh sector umbrella body WCVA has added its voice to concerns around the anti-advocacy clauses being added to government grant agreements:

We have issued a briefing paper (pdf, 48KB) on the UK Government’s guidelines to prohibit organisations who receive grant funding from using it to lobby. We have also launched a survey for the sector to tell us the impact this guidance will have on them.

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