SNP manifesto fails to offer a coherent vision for the role of charities

21 April 2015

Commenting on the SNP manifesto, John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, said:

"The SNP's manifesto seeks to bring progressive change across the UK, but it fails to offer a clear and coherent vision for the role of charities in society.

The commitment to exempt charities from the Lobbying Act is welcome, and proposals to encourage the growth of social enterprise will also be warmly received.

However it is disappointing that such little attention is given to the role of charities in delivering high-quality public services, and a failure to promote the importance of volunteering is also notable.

We need to see parties finding common ground in their commitment to a strong civil society to ensure that charities are at the heart of any future government."

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