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Manifesto for 2011
Investing in the Wealth of Our Nation through – Smarter Services and Better Childhoods
The 2011 election will be dominated by how we deal with the challenge of unprecedented pressures on finance, resources and services.
Decisions we make now will affect us all – especially the 1.1 million Scots who are under 18. They can’t vote, but they will live with the legacy of what we do now for years to come.
Make children and young people a priority
Children in Scotland is calling on all political parties, candidates and voters to invest for the future in the wealth of our nation, and for all parties and candidates to commit to ten election pledges which will improve the lives of children, young people and their families in Scotland.
During the preparation of the Manifesto, a number of supporting documents were referred to.
These are available below, to provide useful background information on many of the key issues within the Manifesto.
Key points from the conference, Edinburgh, 23 February 2010
Key points from the Children in Europe conference with Children in Scotland and Fife Council, Markinch, Fife, 16 September 2010
Key points from the Children in Scotland Annual Conference, South Lanarkshire, November 2009
Key points from the Children in Europe conference with Children in Scotland and Highland Council, Inverness, 8 June 2010
Key points from the Scottish Out of School Care Network (SOSCN) 2009 Annual Conference, Glasgow, 12 June 2009
Making Space 2010: architecture and design for children and young people
Background to the Ten Election Pledges
Find below a comprehensive set of documents and information which provide further background for our aspirational election commitments.
1.Combine resources creatively by promoting integrated services and an integrated workforce
Working for Inclusion: the role of the early years workforce in addressing poverty and promoting social inclusion
Working it out - Scotland's children's sector workforce
2.Strengthen the Early Years Framework by making its implementation a statutory responsibility, funded through the Scottish Parliament’s current tax powers
3.Ensure universal availability of good quality, integrated, accessible childcare and early learning opportunities that are
4.Ensure income comes back to Scotland from savings in UK budgets achieved through lower take-up of tax credits and
5.Maintain long-term cross-party policies that need sustained effort and stable funding
6 Continue frontline services that accomplish their goals efficiently
7. Support innovative projects that accomplish work with children and families, and can be adapted and adopted widely
8. Invest in preventing problems, not fixing them later
9 Consult meaningfully with service users to set realistic expectations of what smarter services can and should deliver
10 Research actual outcomes from public spending on children and young people
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