People across Scotland are being asked to take part in a national discussion about how the country can be a fairer and more equal place to live.
After a period of rising employment, better education results and people living healthier lives, the Scottish Government now wants everyone to help tackle poverty and create fairer opportunities for all.
So the government is embarking on a national discussion, involving communities the length and breadth of Scotland.
People will be invited to set out their vision of a fairer Scotland and suggest practical solutions, based on local and personal experience.
Capturing the voices of those with direct experience of poverty and exclusion will be vital. Voluntary organisations and public sectors, charities, councils, large and small businesses, trade unions will also play a pivotal role.
Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil launched discussion, which will take place over the summer and into autumn, saying: “Tackling inequality, along with building a prosperous and competitive economy, is at the heart of the Scottish Government’s commitment to creating a better country for all. The two go hand in hand. We want to discuss issues like childcare, fair work and health and hear what people believe could be done to create a better Scotland.
“It is important that we are an open and accessible government. We want to tap into conversations many people and communities are already having, rather than consult on whether or not people agree with a range of ready-made proposals,” he added.
Mr Neil promised that conversations will take place across the country and online, including a series of events over the summer and autumn where people can discuss the issues that mean most to them. An action plan, with people and their priorities at its heart, will be published in the new year with milestones to the next Parliament and beyond.
More information on contributing to the discussion and events is available at http://www.fairer.scot/