Civil Society

A challenging year ahead of us

I’m not sure if I’m a glass half full or glass half empty person. But I think it’s safe to say that the year ahead for Scotland's voluntary sector will be more challenging than the last. Firstly, there is the perennial issue of funding. Of course good strategic planning can make it easier to sustain… Continue reading A challenging year ahead of us

Politics

Brexit explained (sort of)…

So tonight Parliament is having another attempt at reaching a consensus on Brexit. But whatever the outcome, the government is showing little sign that any alternatives would be acceptable. The loudest advocates for Brexit, a collection of neo-liberals and far-right activists, seem unlikely to settle for anything other than complete withdrawal from the EU without… Continue reading Brexit explained (sort of)…

Civil Society, Politics

Shouldn’t the voluntary sector be making calls for a final say?

  What a shambles. The government has released another tranche of papers on what to expect if there is no deal, but the shape of a final outcome is still no clearer. Yet it’s the biggest and most significant event in decades. Undoing almost 50 years of EU membership will affect almost every aspect of… Continue reading Shouldn’t the voluntary sector be making calls for a final say?

Civil Society, Politics

Time to take a side: civil society’s collective voice must be heard

Like it or not, Brexit is coming, but at what cost? If the government hardliners get their way, we face the prospect of the very hardest type of Brexit; yet there appears to be very few charity voices taking a stand against this extreme position. According to a report in Third Sector, the NCVO has… Continue reading Time to take a side: civil society’s collective voice must be heard