Sturgeon releases vision for Scottish wellbeing

12 Jun 18

A new framework setting out an economic, social and environmental vision for Scotland has been set out by first minister Nicola Sturgeon.

The revised National Performance Framework is designed to boost the wellbeing and quality of life of people in Scotland by measuring progress towards 11 key outcomes.

For the first time, the framework includes a focus on human rights and freedom from discrimination in the delivery of public services, as well as incorporating sustainable development goals set out by the United Nations. 

New indicators on issues such as gender balance in organisations, child wellbeing and happiness, and the importance of contractually secure work, have also been included.

Sturgeon said the framework, announced yesterday, which was developed with collaboration from the public and private sectors, voluntary organisations, businesses and communities, would help build a more successful and inclusive country.

“The Scottish Government wants Scotland to be the best place possible to live, work, grow up and study in,” she said.

“As a government we recognise that economic growth is hugely important, but it must be matched by improvements in our environment, in people’s quality of life, in the opportunities available to people and the public services they have access to.”

She added: “As a government and as a country, the challenge this new framework sets us all is to make progress in these areas to improve wellbeing across Scotland.”

Alison Evison, president of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, said the ambitions behind the framework were shared by Scotland’s councils, and that it provided an opportunity for closer relationships between national and local government. 

“It’s about the aspirations we have for Scotland, and marks a great opportunity for the two spheres of government in Scotland to work together,” she said. “The NPF is about the destination we all want all of Scotland to be able to reach.”

However, there was concern from some local authorities about how progress against the new outcomes would be measured, and the role councils would be expected to play in the provision of data.

“More clarity on the performance monitoring of these measures is required if the local authorities are being asked to report progress against these measures,” said City of Edinburgh Council.

The document replaces the first National Performance Framework, which was launched in 2007 by the incoming SNP minority government.

The outcomes approach has now been put on a statutory basis by the Community Empowerment Scotland (2015) Act, which obliges ministers to review outcomes at least every five years.

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