Local MSP for the Linlithgow Constituency, Fiona Hyslop, highlights First Ministers priorities of ‘Equality, Opportunity, Community’, set out in the First Ministers statement to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 18th April.
The First Minister has published a new policy prospectus which has set out how the Scottish Government will deliver for Scotland over the next three years.
In his first statement to Parliament, the First Minister said three missions, which are centred on the themes of equality, opportunity and community will be key to his Governments work.
“The First Ministers ‘New Leadership – A Fresh Start’ prospectus details the key aims of this new Scottish Government and what they intend to achieve in each Cabinet portfolio.
“I am pleased to see that the First Minister has placed ‘Equality, Opportunity and Community’ at the centre of this Scottish Government’s priorities.
“Humza Yousaf has promised to lead Scotland in the interests of people across Scotland. We are living in challenging times, and it is important that the First Minister leads a Government who understands this and works to create a better and fairer Scotland.
“Some of the decisions announced by the First Minister included a confirmation of a further £1.3 billion investment for the Scottish Child Payment over the next three years, a commitment to support economic growth, a ‘New Deal for Scottish Business’ and confirmation of a six-month pilot removing peak-time fares from ScotRail services from October.
“These announcements are only a few of those made by the First Minister this week to support people across Scotland and I look forward to working with this new Scottish Government for the benefit of people not only in my own Constituency but across Scotland.”
Other key announcements include:
- creating the UK’s most progressive tax system to deliver public services, tackle poverty and grow the wellbeing economy
- increasing the number of workers earning at least the real living wage, while narrowing the gender pay gap
- making Scotland a leading European start-up nation, in which more businesses are created and grow to scale
- growing international exports while diversifying into new markets
- laying foundations to produce 5 Gigawatts (GW) of hydrogen production by 2030, as part of a Scottish hydrogen supply chain
- implementing a New Deal for Local Government, including a fiscal framework, to tackle collective challenges and improve outcomes