£29m programme for a fairer Scotland announced today

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Fairer Scotland Action Plan

50 ambitious actions to achieve a fairer Scotland for everyone have been outlined in the landmark Fairer Scotland Action Plan.

Published today by Communities Secretary Angela Constance, the £29 million programme, including £12.5m from the European Social Fund, is being established for communities and the third sector to design, test and deliver new approaches to tackling poverty and improving lives.

Angela Constance said: “Our ambition is for a fair, smart, inclusive Scotland with genuine equality of opportunity for everyone.

“This is a watershed moment in Scotland and a significant milestone in our quest for equality.

“Through these bold and ambitious steps, Scotland will be fairer, more equal country for everyone by 2030.”

The Fairer Scotland Action Plan (FSAP) lists 50 actions to be achieved in the next 14 years under five themes: a fairer Scotland for all, an end to child poverty, a strong start for all young people, fairer working lives and a thriving third age.

For the first time anywhere in the UK, the FSAP commits the Scottish Government, councils and other public bodies to a Socio-Economic Duty, assessing the impact of certain policy or service changes will have on tackling poverty, which will soon go to consultation.

Economy Secretary Keith Brown said: “The Fairer Scotland Action Plan’s new £29 million programme will enable communities and the third sector to develop and deliver innovative solutions to poverty and disadvantage.”

Already backed by specific pledges from some of Scotland’s best-known employers and third sector bodies, the plan was launched at the Prince’s Trust’s Glasgow headquarters.

Chief Executive of Virgin Money, which has pledged in the plan, Jayne-Anne Gadhia, said: “The publication of the Scottish Government’s Fairer Scotland Action Plan is a timely challenge to us all to do our bit to make Scotland a fairer place in which to live and work.”

The plan outlines a target for councils to make at least 1% of their budgets available for community-designed projects. It will help refugee families settling in Scotland under Family Reunion rules access grants as quickly as possible and to work on delivering 100% superfast broadband while assisting low-income households reduce costs.

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