MCALPINE URGES THIRD SECTOR GROUPS TO RESPOND TO SMITH COMMISSION ON DEVOLUTION

South of Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine has urged third sector groups in the region to contribute their views on further powers for the Scottish Parliament to the Smith Commission.

 The Commission – chaired by Lord Smith of Kelvin and charged with bringing more powers to Holyrood – is seeking views from across Scottish public life about which new financial, welfare and taxation powers should be devolved.

 The process will be informed by a Command Paper to be published by 31st October which will form the basis of a bill to be launched in January. 

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has agreed to collate responses from the third sector and provide them to Lord Smith. 

The deadline for third sector contributions is the 24th of October.  To contribute your views to the Smith Commission, please email felix.spittal@scvo.org.uk

Commenting Ms McAlpine said:

“It is very important that the voices of voluntary organisations and charities are heard in this process.

“Although the deadline for submissions is tight – I would urge third sector organisations across Dumfries and Galloway to take this vital opportunity to air their views.

“These organisations play such a vital role in our society and are often on the front line helping to fight poverty and Inequality.

“Given that the extensive cuts planned by the Westminster Government are likely to impact heavily on third sector organisations and those they serve - it is vital they have their say on what powers they believe should be devolved to Holyrood to best protect the services they provide.”


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