First Minister Reveals Government’s Programme for Scotland

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has released the Government’s programme for Scotland 2017-18, titled ‘A Nation with Ambition’.

Among the proposals set out in the document are the following:

  • phase out the need for new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032
  • double investment in walking and cycling to £80 million a year
  • reform education to help close the poverty related attainment gap
  • establish a Scottish National Investment Bank to support economic growth
  • lifting the public sector pay cap for our NHS and other public sector workers
  • making it a national objective to end rough sleeping – backed with new investment
  • providing access to sanitary products for students in schools, colleges and universities to fight ‘period poverty’
  • exploring a citizen’s basic income scheme
  • implement ‘Frank’s Law’ to provide free personal care to those under 65
  • introduce legislation for a ‘soft’ opt-out system of organ and tissue donation

The Catholic Parliamentary Office responded to the Government consultation on the ‘soft’ opt-out system of organ donation earlier this year and our submission to the Government can be accessed here.

The Government will also follow through with its plans to consult on reform of existing gender recognition legislation, with a proposal to make it easier for people to legally change their gender and to allow for persons to declare themselves to be non-binary; that is, neither male nor female. We will keep readers informed of the progress of this consultation.

To read the full programme for Government on the Scottish Government’s website, click here.