On 1 September 2020, the Scottish Government published their Programme for Government (PfG), setting out the actions it will take in the coming year and beyond.
To help Scotland’s post Covid-19 recovery, PfG focuses on creating new jobs, good jobs and green jobs, promoting lifelong health and wellbeing and promoting equality and helping young people fulfil their potential.
The theme of “locality” runs through PfG, with new commitments around local supply chain development, 20 minute neighbourhoods and Community Wealth Building (CWB). It recognises that no one model will fit every part of Scotland and it is vital that communities, public services and businesses are involved in designing and building their local economic and community wealth building solutions.
Learning from work already underway in places like Ayrshire, the Scottish Government has now committed to working with 5 additional areas – Clackmannanshire, South of Scotland, Glasgow City Region, Western Isles and Tay Cities – to grow community wealth building here. In collaboration with local partners, we will produce CWB action plans for each area that set out practical actions to prioritise for more inclusive economic impact in the context of recovery and renewal. The first three plans will be delivered within the coming 3 months, with the final two following early next year.
Building strength and empowerment in local economies and communities is key to our collective recovery and has the potential to bring tangible local benefits quickly. Taking a CWB approach ensures that local people and businesses have a genuine stake in producing, owning and enjoying the wealth they create, and moves us closer to the more just, equitable and sustainable society we want to see in a post Covid-19 Scotland.