Nicola Sturgeon has set out the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government in a speech to the Scottish Parliament.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP has set out the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government for 2017-18 in a speech to the Scottish Parliament.
Ms Sturgeon highlighted a number of priorities for the future contained in the ‘A Nation with Ambition’ document, spanning commitments to;
- Take the necessary steps to make it a right for Free Personal Care to be provided to all who need it, regardless of age
- Embed a focus on preventing Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) and supporting the resilience of children and adults in overcoming early life adversity across all areas of public service
- Lift the public sector pay cap for NHS and other public sector workers
- Introduce legislation for a ‘soft’ opt-out system for organ and tissue donation
- Fund research into the feasibility of a citizen’s basic income scheme
- Continue to support Community Choices to encourage the spread of participatory budgeting across Scotland
- Undertake an audit on how to further embed the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into policy and legislation
- Establish an expert advisory group to examine how Scotland can lead by example in human rights, including economic, social, cultural and economic rights
- Confirm the configuration of the new social security agency and recruit at least 1,500 staff to work as part of it
- Deliver the first of the newly devolved social security payments (Carers Allowance) from summer 2018, backdated to April 2018
- Commence the devolved employment service ‘Fair Start Scotland’ in April 2018