At a time of increasing policy focus on the role of the third sector in designing and delivering services, this briefing sumamrises recent research undertaken to explore the geographical distribution and activities of charities in Scotland.
The research found clear geographical variations in the distribution of charities across Scotland, with the largest proportion of charities per head in the Shetland Islands. In general, rural areas tend to have more charities per head and more charities which carry out activities. More deprived areas have fewer charities per head of population within them.
Public service reform will need to be aware of the geographical variations in the number and function of charities and the implications with regard to their capacity to contribute to this agenda.
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