The Programme for Scotland was launched by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, setting out The Scottish Government’s ambitions for Government.
The Programme, which included more information regarding the forthcoming Social Security Bill and Gender Balance on Public Boards Bill, was presented before the Scottish Parliament for its consideration.
The First Minister remarked:
“This is a new parliament, with new powers, operating in a new political, economic and constitutional context.
“The Programme for Government that we publish today sets out how we will use those new powers and adapt to that new context.
MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie, was the first MSP to speak on the Programme directly after the party leaders.
“Let me first pay tribute to the First Minister for setting out the vision of this Scottish Government; a bold, progressive and transformative programme for Government. A programme that is ambitious and outward looking, governing for all in Scotland.
“This Government will continue to be at the forefront of transformative politics – to give our constituents every opportunity to partake in civic life.
“Opportunities for all, regardless of background or circumstance. Scotland stands proud as a nation that values its diversity; a country that believes in the principles of its people, placing us all equal before each other.
“Equality and inclusivity – these are two fundamental principles that will underpin this Government's vision for the future.
“To this end, it's Time for Inclusive Education – it's time to stand shoulder to shoulder with organisations like the TIE campaign and LGBT Youth Scotland to reinforce what we in Scotland already know to be true – we are all one people with the same rights.
“Whilst there remains plenty of work to be done, make no mistake that this Government will rise to the challenge.
“I look forward to playing a full and active role in that challenge, creating equal access for all, not just the few"
To read the First Ministers Programme for Scotland in full, click here: