Delivering social justice
For people who have grown-up in care or in financial hardship, for women struggling to manage the demands of family life, for
disabled people and for unpaid and young carers there can be a many obstacles to accessing decent, secure jobs. To help support equity and inclusion during difficult economic times, Scottish Labour will take steps to ensure that the Scottish Future Jobs Fund and modern apprenticeship guarantee are accessible to the full range of Scotland's young people and consider the needs of those who face the most serious challenges in accessing the labour market. We want to ensure no-one is left behind.
We will establish a Fairer Scotland Commission, to consider the most effective action to tackle poverty, equality and social exclusion in Scotland. We will also establish a Scottish Centre for Financial Inclusion to guide the most excluded and vulnerable people through the maze of opportunities and support available to them, so that everyone in Scotland has the means to manage and get the most from their resources. We firmly believe that credit unions play an important role in offering alternative financial services to people living on low incomes and that they protect people when they fall on hard times. Scottish Labour therefore sees a key role for credit unions in our strategy to help lift people out of poverty.
We will deliver robust mechanisms to monitor the progress being made in tackling poverty - particularly child poverty - across Scotland. Scottish Labour is committed to supporting older people in a way that respects their dignity and recognises them as active citizens and not just as recipients of services. We want to challenge isolation at every turn, supporting instead the active participation of older people. We will sustain the concessionary travel scheme and better link it to community transport initiatives. We are also committed to ensuring the needs of older carers of adult children with disabilities are properly identified and addressed.
Scottish Labour recognises the particular role of kinship carers in preventing vulnerable young people going into care and we will establish minimum standards for the assessment and support of children in kinship care. For too long, there has been a postcode lottery in crucial financial and other support for kinship carers. Scottish Labour is committed to sitting down with local authorities and the UK government to resolve this frustrating and unacceptable situation.
We also know that effective support for carers can reduce the need for more expensive care services later on. We recognise the many challenges facing the range of carers in Scotland and want to continue funding pathways for carers' information, recognising the crucial role of carers' centres in providing information and support. We will work to ensure that information for carers continues to be as accessible as possible.
We are committed to supporting grandparents through the Grandparents' Charter and will, amongst other things, ensure that grandparents and other family members are given due consideration in the adoption or fostering process. Scottish Labour will strengthen the range of social work provision to help those who require support and protection in our communities.
Please see page 63-64 of the Scottish Labour Party manifesto for this policy.
Retrieved on 08/04/11 (12:37am) from: 2011 Party Manifesto