The future of HIV Scotland has been secured by a £231k rescue package, following extensive negotiations between the charity, Scottish Liberal Democrats who campaigned to keep it afloat and the Scottish Government.
The charity was fighting for its existence after it was unsuccessful in an earlier bid to receive Scottish Government funding.
In response to an inspired question, submitted by Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, the Scottish Government confirmed today that it “will support the organisation to move to a sustainable financial position”.
The funding package will see HIV Scotland receive £231,000 over the next three years. It will require them to restructure and expand efforts to secure funding independently.
Alex Cole-Hamilton commented:
“I’m delighted. Today’s announcement follows a summer of detailed meetings and negotiations between myself, HIV Scotland and the Scottish Government.
“I’m very grateful for the access and consideration both ministers and officials afforded charity representatives and I throughout this process. From the moment the news broke that HIV Scotland was going to lose all of its core funding, a groundswell of support emerged from opposition party MSPs and civic society who joined our campaign to try to save it.
“The Scottish Government understands that the charity is globally recognised and respected and that it still has an important contribution to make, particularly given that HIV is growing in Scotland and that 13% of Scots who carry the virus don’t know they do.
“This rescue package will allow the charity to continue its vital work and move to a more sustainable financial position going forward.”