Ministerial Foreward from Alex Neil - Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners' Rights
Our ambition to build a fairer and more equal Scotland is at the heart of the Scottish Government's approach to tackling inequalities and delivering a strong economy. We want to create a successful society where there are opportunities for all to flourish and where the barriers to equality of opportunity and independent living are removed.
The Scottish Government has worked closely with disabled people and their organisations, and with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Scottish Human Rights Commission and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) to develop the outcomes we are aiming to achieve. Our draft plan is also complemented by a draft plan by COSLA on behalf of the local authorities it represents.
We want to hear your views about the commitments we have made to help us implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). We want to be the most open and accessible government Scotland has ever had and for this consultation to reach people who don't normally engage with us. We will use the responses to finalise the UNCRPD delivery plan which will be published next summer.
The delivery plan will develop over 2016-2020 and will link to other policies that put disabled people at the heart of creating a fairer Scotland. Our aim is for everyone to live in a fairer, healthier and happier country where all people are valued and able to achieve their potential.
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