Support community projects which were established in the pandemic, to keep them going and to expand. The problems created by the pandemic continue, so it’s important to keep these groups running. They need support to prevent their volunteers burning out, and to find long-term solutions to keep them viable for as long as they’re needed.
Prepare the Highlands for the Cooperation Agreement’s Community Wealth Building Bill, which will prioritise a people-centred approach to local economic development, redirecting wealth back into the local economy, and decentralising control and benefits into the hands of local people.
Support more local social enterprises; maximise community benefits through spending; increase fair work practises; grow the social, ecological and economic value from land and property; ensure that flows of investment work for local people.
Support and strengthen Community Councils who do an amazing amount of unpaid work. We will make sure they are properly funded, having costs such as insurance covered, and are more accountable to the communities they represent.
Help communities to run, own or have more say over their local community infrastructure such as buildings, parks and sports facilities.
Make ethical policies a condition of any Council-funded support. Council should use public money to reward good behaviour such as paying the Living Wage and taking environmental responsibility.
Welcome refugees and asylum seekers into the Highlands and ensure they have the support services they need and are able to use their skills to contribute to society.