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Social Renewal Advisory Board: principles

Sets out the principles to inform work undertaken by the Social Renewal Advisory Board.

30 Jun 2020
Social Renewal Advisory Board: principles

Principles to inform work undertaken by the Social Renewal Advisory Board

  • underpinned by a clearly articulated vision - we are ambitious about this work delivering a clearly set out policy platform for a more equal, prosperous and socially-just Scotland for the post-COVID period. We will focus on making progress across the outcomes in the National Performance Framework, with a particular focus on equality, social justice and human rights
  • participative, and informed by a wide range of stakeholders, including people with lived experience – we are in a good position to draw on intelligence and expertise from across sectors and communities. Our work will be strongly informed by people with lived experience and by other perspectives that can often be overlooked. All policies must build on the experience and expertise of people, including those with protected characteristics
  • informed by data and evidence – we will demonstrate, across the Scottish Government’s response to social renewal, a deep understanding of unequal impacts, based on a clear evidence base. We will hold on to what we already know about the drivers of poverty and inequality in shaping our response to socio-economic insecurity
  • guided by the place principle – we will ensure that the actions we take are those that are the most relevant for each place – that what is done in a place is for the benefit of all the people in that place. This must take into account inequalities within places and recognise that outcomes and solutions may be variable or different across Scotland. Our measure of success will be the combined impact of working collaboratively across policy silos and organisational boundaries towards a common purpose
  • mindful of the financial position – we will ensure that new policy and practice proposals reflect the financial realities of our times and offer savings wherever possible, reducing expenditure while building on Christie Commission principles, notably preventative approaches
  • sustainable over the long-term – we will ensure that policy and practice proposals are long-term solutions that consider the root causes of inequality, rather than ‘quick fixes’. We will also look to ensure that public-spending programmes across government become more orientated around furthering equality, delivering social justice and safeguarding rights
  • with equality and human rights embedded throughout, so that across the work of the Board and each of the policy circles, there is a structured approach to considering how issues and proposed response will impact differently for those who share one or more protected characteristics. This includes age, disability, gender and race but we also need to cognisant of the impact of intersectionality and take this into account. There should also be consideration of how human rights are impacted and how they can be progressively realised, through the work of the Board and circles