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Tackling sectarianism, 28/02/14 [S]

A further £861,558 is to be invested in community projects to tackle sectarianism across Scotland. Community Safety Minister, Roseanna Cunningham, announced the funding as the Scottish Government published its response to the report of the independent Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism.

Published in December 2013, that report made a number of recommendations for all of Scottish society – Government, local authorities, community groups, football authorities, clubs and fans - to consider.

To build on work already underway to take forward recommendations in relation to tackling sectarianism in communities and schools, Ms Cunningham announced:

  • The Scottish Government is to invest a further £861,558 in projects to tackle sectarianism, ranging from £402,740 for the Citizen’s Theatre to host plays and workshops in North Lanarkshire primary schools to £99,849 for Youthlink to develop community led youth work approaches to tackling sectarianism in seven communities
  • In-line with the recommendations that more should be done to evaluate and learn from what approaches are most effective, a new evaluation framework has been launched for all the projects in receipt of Scottish Government funding to enable robust assessment of outcomes and present consistent evidence that will help measure the collective impact and relative merits of individual approaches
  • A new, extended remit has been agreed for the Advisory Group, whose work, as announced in December, will now continue until March 2015. This will enable the Group to take forward some of their own recommendations and build on the work undertaken to date

For full details see the Scottish Government website.

Further information

Scottish Government news release

Scottish Government Response to the Report of the Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism in Scotland