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Scotland's leading community sector networks have joined together as the Scottish Community Alliance in order to  campaign for a strong and independent community sector in Scotland.

The Alliance has two main functions - to promote the work of local people in their communities and to influence national policy development. We email regular briefings to our supporters on both these themes. More about us here...

local people leading

1 July 2015

For many years, the idea that Scotland is innately more socially progressive in its politics and more communitarian in outlook than the rest of the UK has stood as a sort of received wisdom.  Whether there’s any real evidence to support this ‘whae’s like us’ national self-image is somewhat unclear but it could soon be put to the test.  Whenever the debate about full (or even partial) fiscal autonomy rumbles to a conclusion at Westminster, we’re going to be faced with some hard choices. And it boils down to this.  Are we, as taxpayers, prepared to pick up the tab to become that fairer, more equal society we claim to want?  Because after we’ve done with all the shuffling of financial deck chairs, if we’re really serious about reversing inequality, we’re surely going to have to pay for it through our taxes.  And so when the Scottish Government recently announced it was taking the unusual step of crowdsourcing its policy on how to make Scotland a fairer country, perhaps they were hoping to get some indication of just how willing we are to put our money where our mouth has been for such a long time. Whae's like us, indeed.

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The country's leading community based networks have joined together as the SCA to campaign for a strong and independent community sector in Scotland

Logos of supporter organisations logo: development trusts association scotland logo: senscot (social entrepreneurs network scotland) logo: community retailing network logo: community transport association scotland logo: community energy scotland logo: scottish allotments and gardens society logo: glasgow and west scotland ha logo: employers in voluntary housing logo: scottish league of credit unions logo: voluntary arts scotland logo: federation of city farms & community gardens logo: community health exchange logo: community woodlands association logo: glasgow and west of scotland forum of housing associations logo: scottish communities climate action network logo: nourish scotland logo: community land scotland logo: community resources network scotland logo: scottish communities for health & wellbeing