Policy Update #GYVH

Posted: 13 December 2022, in News

Update – 31st January 2023

NET ZERO: A Third Sector Net Zero Steering Group is looking for user testers for a new digital tool, that will help organisations to take first steps to reduce carbon emissions, and proactively support nature. We will ask you to join up to three workshops between January-March. For more information please contact Georgie Price.

EDI: THRE (Third Sector Human Rights and Equalities) is offering free full and half day training sessions for their Human Rights and Equalities First Approach courses which cover The Basics, Governance and Funding and Fundraising. There are course dates across February and March.

SOCIAL CARE: Applications are still open for individuals and organisations to join the co-design panels and play a part in designing the new National Care Service. Individuals can apply here to join the Lived Experience Experts Panel (LEEP) and stakeholder organisations can also add their voices by applying to join the Stakeholder Register.

BUSINESS PURPOSE: The Scottish Government has responded to SCDI’s Business Purpose Commission for Scotland report and you can find details here. SCDI are pleased to see that the government is putting the recommendations at the heart of business support and the National Strategy for Economic Transformation.


Katy Clark MSP has just launched a consultation on proposed reforms to Freedom of Information (FoI) legislation. The proposal seeks to extend FoI to all bodies delivering public services, including voluntary organisations. Read more here. SCVO have written a blog, which has details of both this consultation, and another FoI consultation being run by Scottish Government.

The Social Justice and Social Security Committee are looking for written views on the Charities (Regulation and Administration) (Scotland) Bill. The Committee wants to understand what impact the changes in the Bill might have. To make this as easy as possible for all charities to respond, no matter their size, the Committee is inviting people to share their views either through a detailed consultation, or a short survey. The deadline for responses is 3 February 2023.

The Economy and Fair Work Committee at the Scottish Parliament has launched a call for views on the disability employment gap. Last week we held an informal consultation session to hear views and experiences to inform our consultation response to Government. We will be sharing that response soon.

Sarah Boyack MSP has recently launched a consultation on the Wellbeing & Sustainable Development (Scotland) Bill. The Bill would see the introduction of a much-needed Future Generations Commissioner in Scotland, tasked with putting wellbeing at the centre of big decisions by introducing longer term thinking & speaking up for the people that come next. Last week we held a consultation session to seek views that we will feed into our own consultation response. The consultation closes on the 24th March so if you’d like to feed into our consultation response before then please contact Georgie Price.

The Scottish Government has today launched a consultation on Community Wealth Building (CWB) legislation. This follows a commitment in the 2021-22 Programme for Government to introduce legislation on CWB within this Parliamentary session. This consultation is the opportunity for all interested to participate in shaping the content of legislation on Community Wealth Building.