Following the launch of the Scottish Government’s White Paper on independence today, Martin Sime, Chief Executive, SCVO said:

“More than one million people are living in poverty in Scotland and 30% of our population don’t vote and will never set eyes on this weighty document. How are we going to engage them in this debate? We need to get everyone involved in the discussions about Scotland’s future and make sure that the debate focuses on the issues that matter to people if we are going to create a more prosperous, fairer and more equal Scotland.

“This is a progressive government which supports the work of charities and third sector organisations, and shares many of our values. This shows in the White Paper but equality and social justice will always have to be fought for, independence or not.”