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April 22, 2009

Progress of the New Third Sector Interfaces

Funding for Scotland’s Third Sector (including our Community Sector) will increasingly be allocated by local Councils – through what our government intends will be a single interface.  The main goal is to align the Third Sector with Community Planning Partnerships and Single Outcome Agreements.  Scottish Government has asked each local authority area to submit proposals for how this should be structured. Check progress in your area.

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A major programme of change started in March 2008 when the Scottish Government announced that it would no longer fund the networks of councils of voluntary service, the volunteer centres, the local social economy partnerships and the social enterprise networks in their current form from April 2011.

The main goal is to align the third sector with the community planning partnerships (CPPs) and the single outcome agreements.

Three letters have been issued by the Scottish Government, advancing the process of change:

18 March 2008
21 October 2008
2 February 2009

The letter of 2 February invited the third sector in each local authority area to offer a progress report, preferably agreed with the CPP. These reports are available as pdf documents here (please note some reports have not yet been received and will be added as we receive them):


Aberdeen City Part 1




Dumfries and Galloway

Dundee City

East Ayrshire Part 1

East Ayrshire Part 2

East Dumbartonshire

East Lothian

East Renfrewshire




Glasgow City




North Ayrshire

North Lanarkshire

Orkney Islands

Perth & Kinross


Scottish Borders


South Ayrshire

South Lanarkshire


West Dumbartonshire Part 1

West Dumbartonshire Part 2

Western Isles

West Lothian Part 1

West Lothian Part 2

Aberdeen City part 2