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Charities 'Should Provide More Scottish Services'

Magazine article Public Finance

Charities 'Should Provide More Scottish Services'

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Public services in Scotland could be improved by transferring power from government to voluntary organisations, a leading think-tank has suggested.

Reform Scotland published its consultation paper on March 1. It said there was a need for a 'radical rethink' on the part the voluntary sector could play to help improve choice, accountability and value for money.

'We need a shift in power from government to the institutions of civil society and, in particular, an increase In the role of the third sector in Scotland/ the think-tank stated.

Its paper, Voluntary power, called on politicians to acknowledge and support the huge but largely untapped resource that the voluntary sector offered.

Scotland has more than 45,000 voluntary organisations, which have an annual turnover of £4.1bn and assets of more than £8bn.

The Reform Scotland paper said the key to higher standards in areas such as education and health (ay in giving people greater control over the services they received and a wider choice of providers. …

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