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January 10, 2018

TFN stands accused

Just as everyone was closing for Christmas, the Third Sector team at Scottish Government announced that its funding for the umbrella body of Scotland’s Third Sector Interfaces – Voluntary Action Scotland – would not continue beyond Sept 2018. This announcement comes almost a year to the day since Scottish Government published its review of Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) and their associated supporting infrastructure.  While clearly a difficult and contentious decision for Scottish Government to take, many chief officers in the TSI network took serious issue with the manner and tone of its reporting by Third Force News.



As CEOs of TSIs we welcomed the clarity offered by Scottish Government’s endorsement on the future of Third Sector Interfaces.  We look forward to working together and with Scottish Government to affirm TSI’s strategic roles as local ‘change agents’. However we must express our disappointment at the tone of Robert Armour’s article 20th December and specifically with the comments made regarding VAS Chief Officer Allan Johnstone.  

Whatever opinions your organisation has of VAS or VAS role historically within the TSI network, a distasteful personal attack on an individual is demeaning to all those who took part in its publication.

Your “analysis” is no more than an unpleasant, inaccurate and unfounded personal attack.  As Chief Officers of our TSIs we neither recognise nor support the assertions made in your article.  We very much regret that comments made are alleged to have come from individuals within our own network. In our view it is to their extreme discredit that they elected to take part in such a disgraceful public attack on an individual.  Over the coming months our TSIs will continue to work with VAS and to support the excellent staff at VAS in every way we can.

Edinburgh TSI Partnership

Glasgow TSI Partnership

Stirling TSI

Aberdeen TSI

Inverclyde TSI

Moray TSI

Perth and Kinross TSI

Orkney TSI

Shetland TSI

South Lanarkshire TSI

Argyll & Bute TSI

Dundee TSI Partnership

North Ayrshire TSI Partnership

Clackmannanshire TSI

Scottish Borders TSI Partnership