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Scottish Government scraps SDC Scotland

25 November 2010

The Scottish Government has today (Thursday 25th November) announced it is withdrawing funding from the Sustainable Development Commission Scotland and closing the independent scrutiny body down from the 31st March 2011.

SDC Scotland has for five years been the only organisation to advise independently on the Scottish Government’s progress on aligning policy with Scotland’s environmental, social and economic needs now and in the future.

Professor Jan Bebbington, SDC Scotland Commissioner said:
‘There is no way to disguise the fact that the withdrawal of Scottish Government financial support significantly weakens the govt ability to progress sustainable development.’

‘It is deeply regrettable that the Scottish Government has decided this. Following the UK Government’s decision to withdraw funding from the SDC UK the Welsh Assembly Government has shown real leadership in establishing a critical and independent advisory body on sustainable development. The same leadership has not been shown in Scotland.’

‘Parliament and Audit Scotland have the formal powers to hold Government and public bodies to account on their sustainable development performance. This will be a crucial task as Scotland seeks to make the transformation to a just, sustainable and low carbon society.’

» Read the Scottish Government's announcement

» Read SDC's reaction to the UK Government withdrawing funding

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