For Scotland's NHS and care system
The NHS is our most treasured national institution. This year it rose to the challenge of tackling the Coronavirus pandemic. But the crisis also exposed how stretched it is and placed serious questions over its long-term sustainability. Now is the time to invest in a better health and care system which works with communities and uses technological advances to provide the high quality hospital care we need in times of crisis, while also supporting families and communities to lead better and healthier lives.
For restoring Scottish education
Scotland’s tradition of education is rightly known as one of the best in the world. It is grounded in the belief that everyone, no matter their circumstances, is deserving of a high quality education, delivered in their local school. Now is the time to restore Scottish education’s reputation and think radically about what we want education to achieve in the 21st century. After a year in which schooling has been interrupted, we owe it to young people to rebuild our education system better than before.
For dignity in work
As we begin the recovery from the pandemic, Scotland must search for new ways to find the decent jobs for people, especially young Scots, that provide them with dignity in work. Wages have been stagnant for too many for too long. Too many people feel undervalued and underused in the workplace. We must create a working culture that provides people with the security of a wage and the dignity everyone deserves.
For a greener Scotland
Climate change is the biggest threat to our way of life and it is here – in Glasgow – where the world will gather this year to agree new plans to reduce carbon emissions. 2021 is truly the year Scotland can act local and think global. Now is the time for us to push ahead with our net zero ambitions, create a new “Green Sea”, and be at the leading edge of the global environmental revolution.
For social justice
The pandemic has destroyed economic growth across the world and widened inequalities between those who can afford to hunker down, and those who need to work to survive. Closing the post-Covid opportunity gap will be the great social mission of the next decade. Now is the time for Scotland to think radically about our social challenges – from drug abuse, to child poverty, to prison reform, to ending homelessness – to open up opportunities for communities currently cut off from them.
For Scotland in the world
Scotland is, and always has been, an outward facing country. Scots have made their mark in the UK, in Europe, and across the world – while also welcoming people from other shores to form part of our own community too. Now is the time to further those connections, to widen our horizons, and to throw open our doors to those who wish to join us.
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