The Third Sector makes a direct impact on the growth of
Scotland's economy, the wellbeing of its citizens and the
improvement of its public services.
The Third Sector - comprising community groups, voluntary
organisations, charities, social enterprises, co-operatives and
individual volunteers - has an important role in helping the
Scottish Government achieve its purpose of creating a more
successful country with opportunities for all to flourish, through
achieving sustainable economic growth.
At a local level the relationship between local government and
the third sector is extremely important given the role of the third
sector in Community Planning Partnerships and developing Single
Outcome Agreements. The Scottish Government is committed to the
development of an enterprising third sector in Scotland. Over the
next 3 years (2012-13 to 2014-15) the Scottish Government will
provide £73.5 million to the Third Sector.
Opening up Public Sector Markets to the Third
The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that the third
sector is able to play a full role in public service reform through
greater involvement in service design and delivery. The third
sector is well placed to deliver many of the recommendations
of the Christie Commission regarding partnership working,
collaborative spend in localities and preventative spend.