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The SSA works collegiately with other agencies and bodies with shared interests to place sport on the political agenda.

Draft Budget Consultation

We submitted written evidence and presented verbal evidence to the Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee in their consideration of the Draft Budget 2018-19. We took a strategic response to this, on behalf of our members, proposing that the Scottish Government's purpose statement be revised to better reflect health and wellbeing (including mental health and a prevention approach) and that the Government's strategic objective relating to health be amended to include and recognise the contribution of sport and physical activity. Our evidence based written response focused on these areas and was supported by our verbal evidence session. These representations are in addition to previous direct discussions with the team leading the National Performance Framework (NFP) review within the Scottish Government. The new Scottish Government's NPF is expected to be launched in July 2018. 

Engagement with Cabinet Secretaries

At his request, we met with Derek Mackay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work. Our very positive meeting focused on the sports budget, in advance of the 2018 Budget announcement, and the impact on our members, their member clubs, and sport generally, of the proposals within the Barclay Review of Business Rates. The subsequent announcements made by the Cabinet Secretary on both subjects were positively reflected by these discussions. His announcement to maintain the current sports budget and underwrite Lottery income was an important commitment to Scottish sport and his statement to not progress the sports recommendations within the Barclay Review pending further consultation with the SSA and other partners continues to be realised in ongoing discussions.

We met with Angela Constance MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities to talk about the important contribution of Scottish sporting volunteers. In a positive and broad ranging discussion, we highlighted the scale and significant contribution of sporting volunteers, the opportunities and challenges facing our members and their member clubs in this area and the importance of ongoing policy connections between volunteering and sport.

Cross Party Group on Sport

We continued to support the Cross Party Group (CPG) on Sport in the Scottish Parliament as the joint-Secretariat in partnership with the offices of its Co-Convenors:  Alison Johnstone MSP and Liz Smith MSP.  

Continued to support the Cross Party Group (CPG) on Sport in the Parliament as the joint-Secretariat in partnership with the offices of its Co-Convenors:  Alison Johnstone MSP and Liz Smith MSP.  We continued to draw record audiences and this year we had to actively turn people away due to the popularity of one particular session titled ‘The Cost of Physical Inactivity’, this was an exceptional session with esteemed and highly respected speakers from The University of Edinburgh, The University of Bristol and the Scottish Government, if you would like to know more about, or see their presentations, please click here. You can read more about the CPG here