This chapter explores how the UK voluntary sector is responding to the political drive to reposition its role in the planning and delivery of social welfare, and how this is manifest at local level. It presents case study material from the Scottish City of Glasgow, which illustrates the impacts of changing regeneration and social inclusion policies on the development of the voluntary sector over time. The case study indicates that while the UK voluntary sector may be facing similar challenges, such a polarised debate is perhaps too simplistic and needs to take account of the diversity of the sector both in terms of organisational size and variation in the development of subsectors within the voluntary sector. It is demonstrated that while the new localism and governance arrangements can create a dynamic mosaic of opportunities for voluntary organisations to develop services in spatially defined communities, they can also facilitate complex patterns of voluntary sector inclusion and exclusion that act to reinforce existing patterns of unevenness. This chapter also explores how changes in urban policy and the shift to local governance and partnership working is affecting local voluntary sector development.
Keywords: social welfare; localism; Scotland; voluntary organisations; inclusion; exclusion; policy; governance
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