Major cash boost for voluntary bodies in Scotland

Voluntary organisations across Scotland are to benefit from
nearly £360 million allocated from the executive.

The cash, which is to be allocated to voluntary organisations in
the current financial year, an increase of £17 million on last
year. Hugh Henry, social justice deputy minister with
responsibility for voluntary issues, said: “The voluntary sector is
a crucial social partner in a whole range of areas including
childcare, community regeneration and tackling poverty. Overall,
this money will be used to target advice and services for the
people of Scotland who need help the most.”

Some £228 million will be allocated by the executive
directly to around 700 voluntary groups while an additional 700
organisations will receive a further £131 million through
agencies like Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Enterprise and
NHS Boards. Among the beneficiaries will be councils of voluntary
services throughout Scotland, anti-poverty initiatives and services
to provide adapted transport for people with disabilities.

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