Rainbow Greens Manifesto

Local Manifesto 2017

The LGBTI+ (Rainbow) movement has seen huge advances in recent years. However, we still face many challenges and Scottish Greens aim to combat these in several ways. This “mini-manifesto” complements the full manifesto by outlining in more detail policies which aim to support the LGBTI+ community. 

It has never been more important to put power in your hands. This election brings huge opportunities and challenges.
The Councillors elected in 2017 will be faced with the challenge of meeting the demands of a hugely energised democracy in Scotland. Greens are committed to rising to that challenge by placing power in your hands, by providing the money that Councils need to run their services, and by making sure that you – as a citizen and as a community – have the opportunity to play a greater role in the decisions that matter to your life. 

Our commitments

  • Protecting services

    Councils educate young people, provide care and support services to people, and make our neighbourhoods better places to live. Green councillors will continue to fight to protect and improve these services.

  • Connecting communities

    Councils can help build our communities. Green councillors will help to connect people with a thriving local economy, strengthen neighbourhoods with good services and celebrations of local identity, and connect places with better public transport.

  • Creating homes

    Councils can help build our communities. Green councillors will help to connect people with a thriving local economy, strengthen neighbourhoods with good services and celebrations of identity, so they are places we can all call home.

Schools and childcare

Scottish Greens believe in education that offers children and young people much more than qualifications – one that supports their development as adaptable individuals equipped to explore the opportunities and face the challenges that our fast-changing world brings.

Green councillors will:

  • Support schools to deliver the fundamental skills of literacy and numeracy for all children.
  • Fight to keep school class sizes down and replace teachers and support staff lost to cuts.
  • Support creativity and critical thinking in the school curriculum, alongside confidence, resilience, global citizenship, practical life skills and outdoor learning.
  • Fight to keep school class sizes down and replace teachers and support staff lost to cuts.
  • Campaign to protect rural schools from closure and maintain quality library resources in all schools
  • Emphasize learning over standardised testing
  • Support pupils at risk of falling behind and support alternative provision for those for whom mainstream provision isn’t working, in order to reduce exclusions and children dropping out.
  • Campaign for more staff and better support for children with additional support needs, including making this a promoted post, and greater support in schools for any children from marginalised groups, including refugees and asylum seekers and LGBTI+ young people. We support the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign.
  • Work towards the very best early education for children by improving qualifications, wages and conditions for nursery staff.
  • Make free childcare hours more flexible to support parents in shift work or irregular employment to be able to use them.Plan for enough nurseries and schools in areas where populations will rise, and ensure buildings are high quality flexible spaces, built by the public sector to last and with environmental sustainability in mind.
  • Create or support schemes like the Edinburgh Guarantee to give every young person leaving school the opportunity to work, train or study.
  • Campaign for education committees to include parents, teachers, trades unions, and young people.

Crisis and anti-poverty services

Scottish Greens believe councils have a key role to play in tackling child poverty and helping people avoid crisis. Local councils can help tackle inequality, and we will prioritise progressing equalities, working closely with those whose opportunities are reduced due to class, race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

Green councillors will:

  • Campaign to secure funding for support services for those who have experienced domestic abuse or sexual violence.
  • Work to prevent homelessness with measures to empower tenants at risk of homelessness through better advice and access to legal aid, and improve the standard of temporary accommodation available.
  • Help people to claim the social security benefits they are entitled to by supporting ‘income maximisation’ projects through the NHS and advice services.
  • Support social workers to manage workloads and focus on prevention, and support the delivery of community sentences for offenders.
  • Welcome refugees and asylum seekers into our communities and push to ensure relevant support services are available to meet their specific needs.

Leisure and recreation

People and communities connect through council services like libraries, swimming pools and sport facilities. Events like festivals and gala days help us celebrate our local area and identity – many are supported by public funds.

Green councillors will:

  • Work to protect libraries. Libraries are more than books, they can be community hubs connecting people to the internet, providing space for community meeting and events and adult education for lifelong learning.
  •  Quantify and promote the economic contribution of the creative economy both nationally and locally.
  • Improve sport facilities where they are too hard to access or expensive to use and support grassroots sporting activities such as running clubs and ensuring provision of low cost 'community-use' sports facilities for hire at affordable rates.
  • Oppose the closure of local leisure facilities and the selling off of common good assets.
  • Support festivals and community events.

Keep up to date with our campaign

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  • Creating homes

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