Creating a fairer Scotland: Get involved!
By Alex Neil [Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities & Pensioners’ Rights].
Scotland is a great country to live in and in recent years the quality of life for everyone has improved. But there is still more we can do to make it an even better place to live. So this morning I visited the Kirkshaws Neighbourhood Centre in Coatbridge, to launch a summer of discussion on what a fairer Scotland might look like for generations to come.
It’s an area I feel passionately about. It will mean tackling deep seated issues not looking for quick fixes or temporary measures. Achieving genuine change will take time and will be challenging but the Scottish Government are ready to take that on. It cannot just be about government though – it will require collective effort and a shared vision of what a fair and equal Scotland should look like in the years to come.
Our starting point is to join the conversation that is already happening about the kind of Scotland people want to see in the future. So we are inviting you to have your say on what a fairer Scotland should look like in 2030 and the steps that should be taken to make this vision a reality.
We’ve produced a short leaflet, which you can download from the links on the left hand side of this website. It describes some of the successes and challenges in Scotland today and gives a few ideas about what a fairer Scotland could look like.
We now want you all to get involved. Talk about what you think would make Scotland a fairer country, and tell us about your thoughts and experiences. Talk to your family, your friends, your colleagues and your neighbours. And talk to us. Discussions will be taking place across the country, and online. There are multiple ways you can share your ideas and opinions with us, and make your voices heard.
By the end of 2015 we want to have created opportunities for the widest possible range of voices to be heard. This will include a series of events in the autumn that brings people from across the country to discuss what practical steps we need to take to create a fairer Scotland.
The Scottish Government will respond to these ideas, and the wider discussion, setting out what we will do to help create a better Scotland. We hope others will do the same.
I am optimistic for the future. Our discussions on a fairer Scotland can begin to build a consensus for real change and ultimately change lives for the better. So go on, have your say!