Protect Scotland, Renew Scotland

Scottish Government – Programme for Government (September 2020)


We have been through difficult times as a country. Since the start of this crisis, we have asked so much of our public services, individuals and businesses. Each and every one of us has played a part in helping to suppress the spread of and risk from COVID‑19. I know these have not been easy times – and for those whose livelihoods are at risk it is still not easy.

Among the actions I am setting out in this Programme for Government, we will:

  • Launch our proximity tracing app, Protect Scotland, later this month to enhance and support our Test and Protect programme
  • Introduce a National Transition Training Fund to provide support to 10,000 people facing redundancy and unemployment
  • Introduce the Scottish Youth Guarantee to ensure every young person has the opportunity of work, education, or training
  • Set out the first tranche of our £2 billion Low Carbon Fund, including: helping to secure investment of £1.6 billion over the next Parliament in heat and energy efficiency in our homes and buildings, delivering a £100 million Green Jobs Fund, and providing £60 million for industrial decarbonisation
  • Put in place an Inward Investment Plan to create 100,000 high value jobs over the next decade and boost GDP
  • Establish an Independent Review of adult social care
  • Expand digital access to health care to ensure more people can get the treatment they need
  • Improve access to community based health services through the launch of Pharmacy First, accelerating the rollout of our Community Treatment and Assessment Centres, and of our COVID‑19 hubs
  • Open applications for our new Scottish Child Payment in November 2020, with the first payments made in February 2021
  • Complete the delivery of 50,000 affordable homes as quickly as it is safe to do so, and set out a 20 year vision for energy efficient, zero carbon housing, with access to outdoor space, transport links, digital connectivity and community services
  • Deliver a revolution in children’s rights by incorporating the UNCRC into Scots law by the end of this parliament
  • Lock in the positive changes in active travel by committing £500 million for transformational infrastructure
  • Bring 50,000 people into the digital world through Connecting Scotland and create a World‑Class Digital Eco‑system in Scotland
  • Provide £135 million additional investment to ensure our young people catch‑up on any lost education due to COVID‑19. This will include funding to recruit 1400 additional teachers and 200 support staff

But we can and will recover. Our country has world‑class institutions, a strong economy and first‑rate public services. Most of all we have brilliant people: skilled people, imaginative people, kind people, welcoming people, who will be the lifeblood of how we recover.

We can all contribute to our collective recovery. We can do so by helping stop the spread of the virus, supporting our local community and looking out for each other.

This Programme sets out how we’ll help you, help each other.