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New Scottish Parliamentary term heralds great opportunities

June 2016

As a new Parliament begins at Holyrood, Christian Aid Scotland commits to encouraging MSPs to move beyond aid.

Christian Aid campaigner and Russian dolls outside SECC Glasgow

Ahead of the 2016 Scottish Parliament election, Christian Aid Scotland set out a number of manifesto policy recommendations to all parties.

Covering issues including climate justice, tax, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, development education and Scotland's International Development Fund, our recommendations are rooted in our analysis of poverty and our experience of working with partner organisations at home and overseas.

Uniting these recommendations is a call to go beyond aid to develop a government-wide approach to development which considers the impact of decisions across all government departments on the world's most vulnerable women and men.

Many parties made significant commitments; for example the SNP, who form the new minority government, committed to an annual report on the Scottish Government's overall impact on global poverty (beyond just its international development department), as well as a new climate change bill.

Senior Advocacy & Policy Adviser Chris Hegarty said, 'We look forward to working with MSPs from all parties to make the most of the huge opportunities in the coming years.

'There is substantial cross party interest in, and support for, many of our recommendations and we will work with our campaigners across Scotland to encourage our decision-makers to put pledges into practice.'

Scottish manifesto


Download a copy of our Scottish Parliament election manifesto policy recommendations.

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Find out more

For more information on our policy and advocacy work, email Chris Hegarty, Christian Aid Scotland's Senior Policy and Advocacy Adviser, or call him on 0131 240 1524.


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