LOCAL MSP COLIN BEATTIE SAYS PROGRAMME FOR GOVERNMENT WILL HELP BUILD BACK A BETTER MIDLOTHIAN AND EAST LOTHIAN
Colin Beattie has welcomed the Scottish Government’s 2021/2022 Programme for Government as a strong plan to begin the recovery from the pandemic for both Midlothian and East Lothian.
The First Minister unveiled the Government’s programme for the next year to MSPs today, saying that “a better Scotland - as part of a better world - is waiting to be built”.
The Programme for Government focussed on building a greener, fairer country for all individuals and families in Scotland, and offering the people of our country an informed choice on Scotland’s future.
This was backed by commitments to invest at least £1.8 billion to make Scotland’s homes and buildings more efficient and easier to heat, doubling the Scottish Child Payment as quickly as possible and restarting work on a detailed prospectus for an Independent Scotland.
Commenting, Colin Beattie said:
“This is an ambitious policy programme from the Scottish Government which has clear commitments to deliver a better life for people across Midlothian and East Lothian.
“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 across Midlothian and East Lothian so the SNP Government’s commitment to a minimum of £2.5 billion more on frontline health spending will be particularly welcome news.
“Today we have seen that we have an SNP Government who keep their promises, has the ambition needed to help build a better Scotland but, most crucially, takes the action needed to make that ambition a reality.
“This is a prospectus that meets the challenges and opportunities ahead and offers the people of Scotland the choice the deserve over their future.”