The COVID-19 pandemic has changed almost everything. Like many countries around the world, Scotland has endured a lockdown that has deeply impacted its public services, its economy and its people. It’s changed the way the Scottish population works and socialises and called into question what the nation once knew as normal.
The Scottish Government is committed to achieving net zero by 2045, reducing child poverty to less than 10% of children living in relative poverty by 2030, and to building a wellbeing economy. These commitments are central to this Programme for Government. Progress will only be possible through collaboration and a collective determination to succeed. And it will only be possible if we continue to suppress – and preferably eliminate – the virus.
This Programme for Government sets out the Scottish Government’s response to these connected challenges and opportunities. It commits to:
- a national mission to create new jobs, good jobs and green jobs – with a particular focus on young people, supporting retraining and investing in our Green New Deal to tackle climate change
- promoting lifelong health and wellbeing – by tackling COVID-19, remobilising and reforming the NHS and social care and tackling health inequalities
- promoting equality and helping young people fulfil their potential