Poverty in Scotland 2017
A new briefing from Joseph Rowntree Foundation (part of JRF’s monitoring across the UK of changes to poverty rates and the underlying drivers of poverty) summarises how poverty rates in Scotland are changing.
- Poverty is lower in Scotland than in the rest of the UK and falls in poverty among pensioners and families with children have been greater and more sustained than elsewhere.
- More than a third of people in the poorest fifth of the population now spend more than a third of their income on housing; rising over the last 20 years and particularly in the last decade.
- The gap in attainment among children from the most and least deprived areas is very large and increases as children get older.
- Nearly one in five adults in the poorest fifth of the population experience anxiety or depression, far higher than in those who are better off.
- The majority of people in the poorest fifth of the population in Scotland do not have any savings or investments, and are not building up a pension.
This briefing accompanies UK Poverty 2017, which looks at trends in poverty in the UK as a whole.
Funding For the Future
The Scotland Funders’ Forum and ACOSVO held a national discussion last month bringing together a wide variety of independent grant-makers and third sector organisations about the best way forward for funding the third sector. The debate centered on themes of collaboration, sharing learning and innovation. It was recognised that the old relationship model between the funders and fundees needs to evolve into a modern and more equitable one where both parties work together to address beneficiaries’ needs effectively.
Funders were called to take an active stance in supporting third sector organisations in sharing intelligence and enabling them to adopt improvement methodology. Charities were encouraged to stop worrying about attribution and start finding new ways to work towards shared goals. The conference resulted in a number of suggested action points including:
- strengthened voice for the third sector to influence the funding system, especially through funding for intermediaries
- collaboration – between third sector organisations; sharing good examples; funders share good practice in grant making
- capacity support toward project planning
- funding for improvement and innovation and support ‘learning, testing, failing, developing’
- charities and funders to work together, based on shared values
February will see the release of the official report from the conference.
Acknowledgements to ACVO
Review of Targets and Indicators for Health and Social Care in Scotland highlights role of third sector
Former Chief Medical Officer Sir Harry Burns has carried out an independent national review into targets and indicators for health and social care. The review considered how targets and performance indicators can lead to the best outcomes for people being cared for, whether in hospital, primary care, community care or social care services. The report identifies some key principles and recommendations for using and developing targets and indicators going forward and includes the following statement:
The Third Sector – comprising community groups, voluntary organisations, charities, social enterprises, co-operatives and individual volunteers – has an important role in helping public bodies improve services. These bodies are best able to reflect the experiences of people who come into contact with health and social care and future design of targets and indicators needs to involve the Third Sector fully in the process.
SCIOs and the Registrar’s Index of Company Names
From 1 January 2018, Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations (SCIOs) and Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) will appear in the Registrar’s Index of Company Names, which is maintained by Companies House. Charities that are incorporated as companies already appear on the index.
SCIO names will appear alongside the names of companies (and other entities) when a user makes a search through Companies House’s CHS or WebCheck search. It will help protect SCIOs’ names e.g. if others looking to set up a company or CIO with the same name. OSCR recommends that everyone looking to set up a SCIO or any other kind of charity checks the index before settling on a name. It also means that Companies House will need to check whether a SCIO’s proposed name includes ‘sensitive words or expressions’ that require the prior approval before they can be used in a name. More information is available here