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Scottish Government should back LGBT+ charity facing dissolution

April 3, 2019 3:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP and deputy convenor of the equalities committee Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for the Scottish Government to support LGBT+ charity TIE (Time for Inclusive Education) after the charity announced it was "facing dissolution" due to a lack of secure core funding.

In a statement the charity went on to warn "Currently, over 100 schools, a dozen local authorities and numerous national educational organisations are looking to work with us. We cannot meet this demand - which continues to grow daily - without sustainable funding, resourcing and people power."

Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

"The TIE campaign played an enormous part in forcing the case for LGBT+ inclusive education on to the national policy agenda. I was delighted when the Scottish Government agreed last year to accept all of their recommendations for making our education system more inclusive.

"It is all very well for ministers and politicians to praise their work but ultimately that must be matched by the necessary funding to ensure that these policies can be brought to fruition.

"I hope that Scottish Government ministers will sit down with the TIE campaign and hammer out a sustainable settlement to ensure that this essential work can continue."