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Christina McKelvie MSP supports Scottish Government pledge for equality

 

The Scottish Government launched their Programme for Government, pledging to make Scotland a fairer, equal and more representative country.

Announced by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, the Programme for Government included pledges on removing the Conservative Government public sector pay cap, whilst also exploring the possibility of a Citizen’s Income. Further specific reforms to education, justice and taxation were also stated, with the establishment of a Scottish National Investment Bank to support economic growth.

Amongst the proposals, the Scottish Government announced their intention to launch specific £50 million funds to tackle rough sleeping and to reduce child poverty. The Scottish Government also announced that they will begin to phase out the need for diesel and petrol vehicles by 2032, reducing Scotland’s carbon emissions and moving towards a low-emission green economy.

Commenting on the Programme, Christina McKelvie, MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, commented:

“This is a transformative, bold and ambitious programme for Government that should be welcomed throughout Scotland.

“The news of a National Investment Bank to support our economy; the investment in our children and young people through our education and early years’ reforms; and our continued commitment to retain Scotland within the Human Rights Act in the face of an ever reckless Tory-Brexit, shows the intention of our Government.

“This was a programme for equality and I am proud that this Government will lead by example, with purpose, principle and, above all else, humanity.”