Clare Haughey MSP has welcomed the Scottish Government’s 2021/2022 Programme for Government as an “ambitious” plan to begin the recovery from the pandemic.

The First Minister unveiled the Government’s programme to MSPs (September 7), saying that “a better Scotland – as part of a better world – is waiting to be built”.

The programme is backed by commitments to build 110,000 homes, double the Scottish Child Payment as quickly as possible, build a new system of wrap around childcare for school age children, and fund 3,500 additional and permanent teachers.

The Programme for Government also highlights that the First Minister will bring forward an independence referendum, if the pandemic permits, in the first half of the Parliament.

Commenting, Clare Haughey MSP said:

“This is an ambitious programme from the Scottish Government which has clear commitments to deliver a better life for people across Rutherglen and Cambuslang.

“It addresses the challenges that the last 18 months has left us with, and it has the ambition needed to rebuild a better country as we recover.

“The recovery and remobilisation of our health services is undoubtably a top priority for people locally so the Scottish Government’s commitment to a minimum of £2.5 billion more on frontline health spending will be particularly welcome news.

“The Programme for Government also commits to continuing to sponsor Clyde Gateway, maintaining the Small Business Bonus scheme which is a lifeline for many local businesses, and bringing ScotRail into public ownership from March 2022.

“This is a prospectus that meets the challenges and opportunities ahead and offers the people of Scotland the choice they deserve over their future.”



Programme for Government can be accessed using the following link:

Date published: 8th September 2021

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