CHARTER FOR A

RESILIENT SCOTLAND

HEALTH

NATIONAL CARE SERVICE

 

Local authorities to establish associations to support the transfer of existing care homes from for-profit bodies to public and third sector control

TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

RAIL AS A PUBLIC SERVICE

 

End Abellio’s contract to run Scotland’s railways and bring them back into public ownership to improve timeliness, expand the rail network, protect workers’ conditions, and end profiteering from an essential public service

CONNECT REMOTE COMMUNITIES

 

Use National Investment Bank funding to manufacture a new fleet of sustainable ferries at Ferguson Marine which will be operated by Caledonian MacBrayne to improve service for remote and island communities

BUSES AS A PUBLIC SERVICE

 

Replicate the success of publicly-owned Lothian Buses to ensure bus links are affordable, frequent and widespread across Scotland’s urban and rural communities

END PRIVATE PROFITEERING OF PUBLIC SERVICES

 

A centre of excellence to design and manage public infrastructure projects financed by the National Investment Bank to end Public-Private Partnerships and private profiteering off of public needs

LAND

LAND VALUE TAX

 

Bringing unproductive land into community control, a local land value tax can ensure land is used to benefit local communities. This can break up the hoarding of land in Scotland and ensure the wealthiest in society pay their fair share

FOOD

RIGHT TO AFFORDABLE FOOD

 

Enshrine the right to food into Scots law so public agencies, such as local authorities, are required to take action if people do not have sufficient food of an acceptable quality

SUPPORT DOMESTIC PRODUCERS

 

Form a framework to support local producers and local employment through shortened supply chains in place of imports

HOUSING

RENT CONTROLS

 

Implement a points-based rent control system on both private and social lets to end run away rents and landlords’ exploitation of tenants, and redistribute wealth to the least financially secure

DEMOCRATISE HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS

 

End the undemocratic bureaucracy of larger Housing Associations and put tenants in control of their communities by legislating for a tenants majority on executive boards supported by tenants’ unions

STRENGTHEN TENANTS' RIGHTS

 

End Covid-era and Winter evictions; increase accountability and penalties for non-compliant landlords who don’t adhere to the law and ensure their properties are maintained and habitable; and promote membership of tenants’ unions

TRANSFORM SCOTTISH HOUSES

 

Accelerate the green transformation of housing across Scotland and enable the sector to meet the Scottish Government’s climate change targets through a nationwide retrofitting programme

ENERGY

ENERGY AS A PUBLIC SERVICE

 

Public ownership of energy infrastructure and sources, and the provision of affordable and environmentally friendly energy to Scotland’s homes and businesses

GREEN NEW DEAL

 

Through a Just Transition we must create away from fossil fuel usage towards a net zero carbon emissions economy by 2030

DIVERSIFICATION AGENCY

 

Working with supply chains to support the transition from oil & gas to green infrastructure and delivering the training to re-skill the workforce

COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT

LOCAL WEALTH REFORM

 

To build up local communities we need to maintain more local wealth in local economies, creating a virtuous reinvestment cycle which will progressively strengthen those economies and shorten supply chains

EMPOWER LOCAL COMMUNITIES

 

Transition to a more decentralised local tax system where local authorities are empowered to better serve their local communities and end the Tories’ unfair Council Tax

LOCAL COMMUNITY BANK

 

Establish a public banking option providing all the banking services a private retail bank would offer where profits will be reinvested back into communities instead of being extracted by shareholders

PUBLIC WORKFORCE EQUALITY

 

Hold public bodies accountable for advancing equality of opportunities in public sector workforces to make them proportionate and representative of BAME, disabled and women workers based on local populations by 2030

MAKE CHANGE HAPPEN