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WIDESPREAD STAKEHOLDER BACKING FOR SNP PROGRAMME FOR GOVERNMENT

FRIENDS OF THE EARTH HAILS IT THE “GREENEST EVER”

The SNP’s ambitious programme for government has been supported by voices from across Scottish industry and society.

A wide range of stakeholders have offered their support for the legislative programme for 2017/18, including:

  • Scottish Renewables said the announcement of £60 million to deliver cutting-edge low-carbon energy infrastructure will “build on the success of projects already announced under the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme and further enable our shift to a cleaner, greener economy.”
  • Reacting to the news of a deposit return scheme and the phasing out of diesel and petrol cars, Greenpeace UK said “That’s leadership. Your move Theresa May”. WWF Scotland and WWF Wales also welcomed these developments as well as an increase in funding for cycling and walking and low emission zones.
  • Friends of the Earth Scotland’s Director said: “This is the greenest programme for government in the history of the Scottish Parliament.”
  • Cycling Scotland welcomed the doubling of active travel funding to £80 million.
  • Annie Miller of Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland said: “It is to the Scottish Government's credit that it has the creativity, courage and integrity to advance these Basic Income pilot projects.” RSI Scotland also said: "We are delighted to see this commitment from the Scottish Government to support the development of UBI pilots.”
  • Henry McLeish, Chair of the Commission into the future of Scotland's Prisons 2008 said: "I warmly welcome and congratulate the First Minister on this decision.  Prison will always be the right place for serious offenders who should be punished appropriately. However, all the evidence shows that short term prison sentences do not work, with 60% of offenders imprisoned for 3 months or less re-convicted within a year.”
  • Sacro’s Chief Executive, Tom Halpin said: “Short prison sentences are known to be ineffective in reducing reoffending”
  • Children 1st‏ thanked @NicolaSturgeon for listening to @JohnFinnieHI #equalprotection proposal responses
  • Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis said: “I warmly welcome the Scottish Government’s renewed commitment to tackling homelessness and their £50million investment in finding solutions to this issue.”
  • Keith Robson, Chief Executive of Age Scotland, said: “We welcome many of the measures announced in today’s Programme for Government.  With thousands of older people not claiming the support they are entitled to, we need a new approach to social security to reduce the stigma around accessing benefits. We are also pleased to see the Scottish Government announce legislation to extend free personal care to people aged under 65. This is a victory for those who campaigned for Frank’s Law and will ensure people with younger onset dementia receive this support.”
  • MS Society Scotland‏ said they “Look forward to working with @scotgov to make sure these plans work for people with MS #scotpfg
  • Simon Community Scot‏ were “delighted to see homelessness being given such priority”
  • NUS Scotland Women’s Officer Shuwanna Aaron said: “Providing free sanitary products will radically improve the lives of many students in Scotland who currently experience the financial burden of paying for vital sanitary products.”
  • The Chair of BMA Scotland said: "The announcement today that the 1% pay cap is to end will be welcome news to frontline staff.”
  • Save the Children‏ said “We're pleased to hear @ScotGovFM recommit to investment in early learning and childcare and giving all children the best start #scotpfg

Commenting, SNP MSP Ivan Mckee said:
 
“This Programme for Government is focused on creating the social and economic conditions for Scotland to prosper, and was hailed the “greenest ever programme for government” by Friends of the Earth.

“It introduces legislation to equip Scotland - not just for the next year - but for the next decade and beyond with major announcements on energy efficiency, our reliance on fossil fuels, active travel, a proposed Scottish National Investment Bank, tackling homelessness, extending free personal care and extra funding for our screen industries, amongst many others.

“The reaction from Scottish stakeholders to this programme shows how important it will be in meeting the needs of people all across the country.”

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