Fairer Scotland

Creating a fairer Scotland: Get involved!

June 17, 2015 by 3 Comments | Category Uncategorized


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!


  • Mark Bishop says:

    I agree wholeheartedly. Too much emphasis is placed on keeping the lazy and feckless on benefits. I feel that if you are working, you should be rewarded. If you are running a business, you should have tax breaks and help to expand and employ more people. It is far too easy to sit around watching TV, playing on the internet and making meaningless posts on Facebook, simply because people are given benefits and not MADE to get up and get into a job.

    I agree that people are depressed in Scotland due to lack of sunshine and vitamin D. It’s also cold which affects health and mood. Many people do not have the training and practise to prepare healthy meals on a budget. I also agree that smoking, drinking and taking drugs to excess have a detrimental effect on peoples’ health and well being.

    Everyone on benefits should be attending a 9-5 training programme for as long as they are receiving money from the government. Included in that would be support groups for drugs and alcohol abuse at designated clinics, designed to get people off their preferred substance, if that is what is causing them to be unemployable. The methadone project is an expensive failure and I object strongly to have to pay for people to remain blisfully drugged and workshy.

    We need tough love to get this country running again and off benefits.

  • tern says:

    “the whole of society and not just the few” includes the whole of everyone’s families and extended families, including the ones living outside Scotland in the diaspora, often unwillingly for economic reasons. The “civic nationalism” offered in the ref was explained, when you actually spoke to Yes leaders at their events, as an attitude that the whole indy project was only for the community already living here, and everyone else regarded as outsiders to be filtered for only as much acceptance as would serve our self-interest. This including diaspora Scots. The indy movement is our biggest threat to fairness, so long as it continues to find morally acceptable the White Paper plan for citizenship, of not giving unrefusable citizenship of their own country to the Scots who were born in exile to emigrant parents and not already living here on independence day. Sillars openly told a large Yes audience at Liberton school 7-5-14 that he wanted these filtered for skills exactly like migrants with no roots here, and he told Galloway his son might not get citizenship. This is an ethnic atrocity, breaking up families and self-purging Scottish society, in breach of ECHR article 8 on family life, as I petitioned to the European parlt against the EU accepting us as a valid state if tried to carry out that policy.

    Fairness is the indy movement held to account to remove any racism and bigotry from its proposals, instead of being able to socially intimidate folks out of asking it any questions. Fairness and compliance with ECHR is a ban by law, with jail for it, on the school bully practice I term “birthplace racism”, regarding birthplace as dictating country. It has been visibly wrong ever since the ancient Jews’ captivity in Babylon, you would cause a Middle East war if you told all the exile-born Palestinians they are not Palestinian, Irish and Welsh nationalism had exile-born leaders Eamonn da Valera and Dafydd Wigley, exile-born Scots include Alexander McCall Smith, Tilda Swinton, Fitzroy Maclean, Eric Liddell, Alec Home, George Foulkes, the Queen Mother, Lord Kelvin the physicist, and Rod Stewart who every Facebook bully went for.

  • David says:

    “Fairness” is totally meaningless. It means whatever the person talking wants it to mean – fairness is totally subjective. If what the SNP actually means is how to have a more *equal* distribution of income via increased taxes and communist levels of redistribution, they should have the honesty to say this so workers can start planning to emigrate to a free society.

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