Swinney sets out June Programme for Government

Scottish first minister John Swinney has set out the priorities that his government will focus on.

The Scottish Government aims to focus on four areas targeted to have the most immediate benefits for people in their everyday lives, this includes eradicating child poverty; growing the economy; tackling the climate emergency; and improving public services.

The first minister has also confirmed that he will present his first Programme for Government before the Scottish Parliament’s summer recess.

The First Minister said: “In setting out my approach to government, I am acutely aware of the economic and fiscal realities we face.

“With that important context, today, I will outline the four priorities that will guide my government’s decisions on policy and budget; the four priorities around which I will work to secure cross-party support, for the good of the people of Scotland.

“Eradicating child poverty, growing the economy and tackling the climate emergency all link together to support my fourth key priority – to improve Scotland’s public services – not as a cost, but as a vital investment in our future health, equality and prosperity.

“I will set out how my government and my cabinet will take practical steps to deliver in these four areas of priority when I present my Programme for Government before the summer recess.

“The Programme for Government will be central to a wider range of decision-making that will happen before the summer on key issues on energy, on oil and gas, on reform of the health service and on taxation. Action will be set out on each, tackling the challenges facing Scotland today.”

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