Social Renewal Advisory Board: Compassion and Equality – Maureen Sier, Director of Interfaith Scotland
Four words are carved on the Mace that sits in the heart of the Scottish Parliament. These are words that embody the values of the people of Scotland. They are universal values and are deeply meaningful. ‘Justice’, ‘Wisdom’, ‘Integrity’ and ‘Compassion’ – powerful words, which require powerful action.
As Scotland plans its recovery, the economy must be redesigned to reflect the values we have committed to as a nation.
There is nothing just or compassionate about almost 1 in 4 children living in poverty or vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers stating that ‘poverty is a major problem for them’. And when looking at the statistics of the current pandemic the shocking reality is that, after adjusting for age, people in the most deprived areas were 2.1 times more likely to die with COVID than those living in the least deprived areas
The Social Renewal Advisory Board and its policy circles are working hard to look at radical ways we can build proposals that call the Scottish Government and all of us to build together a country that lives by its values of ‘integrity, wisdom, justice and compassion. Tackling poverty has to be at the heart of that!
Maureen Sier, Director of Interfaith Scotland