Welcome to the Scottish Policy Forum
Welcome to Scottish Labour's online home of policy development and ideas, where you can take part in our open and democratic policy-making process. For Scottish Labour Party members, supporters and policy stakeholders, we want to hear your ideas on how we should tackle the challenges our country faces, to help make Scotland a more equal and prosperous country. Real change - for the many, not the few.
News and Events
Build Back Better
Our latest discussion paper highlights some of the issues that party organisations might want to consider on the impact the pandemic has on our policy programme.
It's time to care about care
Scotland’s care service is broken and has been overlooked and undervalued for too long. At Scottish Labour we believe now is the time to care about care and a wholescale transformation for those receiving care, their families and workers in the sector is urgently needed. Make your views known in our survey.
Final Stage Paper
The SPF has circulated the Final Stage paper to party organisations. They can submit amendments to this paper by 26 September 2020.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognise that some external stakeholders were unable to make submissions at the Second Stage. In these circumstances, our policy commissions will consider submissions over the summer that are received by 28 August 2020. If they cover matters that were not considered at the Second Stage, the policy commissions may propose amendments based on those submissions.
UK Consultation - Devolution
The UK Policy Forum is seeking views on how we can make devolution work better for the people of Britain.
In light of the ongoing measures to combat the Covid-19 virus, the SEC officers have agreed to some initial changes to the SPF process. Obviously, these will need to be reviewed as the legislation and guidance develop.
The second stage will be completed virtually. The final stage documents will be published in June with a closing date for amendments extended to 26 September. We will also introduce some flexibility into the final stage process so that external submissions can be considered, including those unable to respond to second stage because of the crisis.
Revitalise our High Streets
This is our cross-cutting consultation paper on the measures needed to revitalise our high streets and town centres. Comments would be welcome by 12 May 2020.
Climate Change Action
Our cross-cutting consultation paper on the action needed to deliver on Scotland's climate change targets has been published. Comments would be welcomed by 1 May 2020. There is a Zoom event on this paper on 14 May 2020 to discuss this. If you wish to join the call contact us at the email below.
Real Change: Scottish Labour Manifesto 2019
The Scottish Labour manifesto for the UK General Election reflects the massive investment that a UK Labour Government would bring to Scotland. It sets out how Scottish Labour would use those new resources to invest and reform Scotland's public services and economy.
The Scottish Labour Housing Commission launched its report in Parliament on 8 October. It sets out a radical set of solutions to tackle the housing emergency.
Our resources page includes all you need to hold an engagement event. Including the consultation papers, toolkit and a simple introductory activity for CLP and union meetings.
The SPF has published an Engagement Toolkit to assist CLPs and affiliates in organising local events. You can download a copy here.
The First Stage consultation started at Scottish Labour’s Annual Conference in Dundee on 8-10 March 2019 and concluded in August 2019.
Second Stage consultation concluded on 1 April 2020. You can access the consultation papers on our 'Get Involved' page.
The final stage paper has been circulated to party organisations. This is normally the internal stage. However, due to the pandemic we will consider submissions throughout the summer period.