People across Dumfries & Galloway are being asked to take part in a national discussion about how the country can be a fairer and more equal place to live. The Scottish Government wants to mobilise the nation to help tackle the scourge of intergenerational poverty and create fairer opportunities for all.To reach more people and build on the community-led discussions of the Referendum and General Election, widespread, direct involvement of communities will take place the length and breadth of Scotland.People will be invited to set out their vision of a fairer Scotland and suggest practical solutions, based on local and personal experience.Capturing the voices of those with direct experience of poverty and exclusion will be vital. Voluntary organisations and public sectors, charities, councils, large and small businesses, trade unions will also play a pivotal role.SNP MSP for the South of Scotland Aileen McLeod said:“Tackling inequality, along with building a prosperous and competitive economy, is at the heart of the Scottish Government’s commitment to creating a better country for all. The two go hand in hand.“The Scottish Government’s vision is for a Scotland where people are healthier, happier and treated with respect, and where opportunities, wealth and power are spread more equally. We want to discuss issues like childcare, fair work and health and hear what people believe could be done to create a better Scotland.“The Scottish Government’s aim is to tap into conversations many people and communities are already having throughout Scotland, rather than consult on whether or not people agree with a range of ready-made proposals.“We recognise that it will take time to achieve our shared vision of a fair, equal and socially just Scotland. We are not looking for quick fixes or temporary measures but long lasting change that can benefit the whole nation.“I believe that people in Dumfries & Galloway have a strong voice that needs to be heard in this consultation. We can reach a better future for this region and the wider South of Scotland, and indeed the nation as a whole, through discussion, debate and community spirit. I look forward to taking part in this discussion in which we can work together towards a better, more equal future.”Notes to editors:People can take part on the ‘Creating a Fairer Scotland’ discussion in the following ways:• Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org• Follow on Twitter at: @scotgovfairer• Find on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/fairer.scot• Responses can also be sent by post to: FREEPOST FAIRER SCOTLAND• Public discussion events will also take place in communities across the country over the next few months. Details will be made available through www.fairer.scot.
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