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Review Of Unified Voluntary Sector Fund And Community Learning And Development Headquarters Funds 2012, 29/06/12 [S]

The Scottish Government has published a report, analysis and response to the review of Unified Voluntary Sector Fund And Community Learning And Development Headquarters Funds.

The Government issued a public consultation seeking views on the Unified Voluntary Sector Funding [UVFS] and Community Learning and Development [CLD] Grants earlier in 2012.

The UVSF was established in 2004 to improve the coherence of direct Government funding for organisations working with children, young people and families; bringing together a number of earlier funds. The funds currently invest 7M a year through grant aiding about 90 third sector organisations. They vary in purpose and characteristics, but all focus on children, young people and families.

Among the key issues to emerge from the consultation were:

  • The majority of responses supported the focus on early years, but all other age ranges and forms of community support had their advocates.
  • The focus on early action and prevention was strongly supported; but the need for guidance and capacity building across the sector was highlighted.
  • There was a strong support for the continuation of the funds, including calls for an increase in funds, not least because a number of the consultees were concerned about the reduction in public sector funding, with the third sector being asked to pick up more for less
  • There was a strong view that the funding term should be lengthened to at least three years. But it should be clear in the criteria that funding is not permanent or guaranteed so that flexibility can be maintained and to ensure that new applications could be considered against the published criteria.
  • he majority felt that Scottish Government should retain management or at least continue to play an important part of the governance.
  • The main issue in relation to the management of the funds for most consultees was transparency of the process.
The expert group reviewing the funds concluded that the funds should continue in some form. It would not be helpful to integrate the UVSF and CLD HQ funds but the Government should maintain a strategic overview of both as there were strong links. Integration would, in particular, diminish the importance and value of adult learning. However, the Group recognised the value of family learning and parenting in securing better outcomes for children and young people.

The Expert Group made a number of recommendations which were all accepted by the Minister for Children and Young People.

A new 20 million early intervention fund will be developed over the next two years to support voluntary groups working with children, young people and their families.

For full details see the Scottish Government website.

Further Information

Review Of Unified Voluntary Sector Fund And Community Learning And Development Headquarters Funds - Analysis Of Public Consultation
Review Of Unified Voluntary Sector Fund And Community Learning And Development Headquarters Funds 2012
Scottish Government Response To Recommendations - Expert Group Report On Review Of Unified Voluntary Sector Fund And CLD HQ Funds
Scottish Government news release