- A Commitment to rewilding Scotland, Land and Sea, including lost ecosystems as well as protection and integration to urban areas.
- Work to Strengthen International Agreements to protect the environment of the North Sea (currently under OSPAR)
- Push to reinforce SEPA's powers to enforce pollution limits (Air, Water and Sound), ensuring the Polluter Pays principle is fully enacted
- Planning reform to ensure greenbelt land remains protected and developments are made in appropriate and sympathetic manner.
Food, Farming and Agriculture
- Establishment of small, local, community farms to bring food production back to the heart of society.
- Moratorium on the expansion of open water salmon farms
- Land reform to encourage small holding, benefitting local economies, decreasing food miles and increasing resilience
- Outdoor classrooms to encourage the art of husbandry and put food back on the menu.
Poverty & Inequality
- Build on the recent Universal Basic Income Feasibility study to develop a pilot, working with all levels of government to overcome the existing barriers.
- Introduce poverty Impact Assessments to sit along side Equality impact assessments, ensuring that the impact of any policy on those in deprivation or poverty is considered and mitigated before policies are enacted.
- As there is no one cause of poverty, ensure that policies are brought into effect to deal further at a national level with, with food and heating poverty, mitigate cost of transportation and ensure access to realistically affordable accommodation as well as economic development and pay regulation.
- Push for a national Care Service, to ensure reform and investment is provided to the Scottish Care Sector
- Ensure the adequate resourcing for the National Health Service Scotland which remains free at point of use.
- Fund NHS Scotland to develop properly supported and resourced self-help groups for mental health conditions within communities.
- Ensure the NICE guidelines for joined up care in adults with Cerebral Palsy are adapted by SIGN Scotland, adopted and rolled out across NHS Scotland.
- Ensure Teachers are empowered to explore the full potential of the freedom and flexibility of approach offered by the Curriculum for Excellence and review mandatory classroom testing.
- Promote all forms of learning, including technical and vocational courses as equally positive, address funding gaps for colleges and ensure funding for modern apprenticeships is maintained
- Empower the Children's and Young Peoples Commissioner to investigate complaints about policy and decision-making and issue enforceable recommendations, thereby stopping children and young people from having to seek legal assistance and relying on an overstretched judiciary
- Require that the delayed rollout of the Early years expansion will be completed by start of August Term, allowing parents of nursery age children to be confident they will receive the 1140 hours of care previously promised.
- Develop Microbudget film studio’s (5-6) across Scotland as part of wider Performing Arts Centre’s of Excellence and linking into a co-investment partnership with local Colleges/Universities and Culture Agencies to develop film makers and film related people of the future.
- The Internet has now moved from being an additional tool to a core part of our national infrastructure. As such, we now need to develop community based internet access – particularly in poorer areas where take up is lower due to cost and skill levels – and engage in alternative tech projects (Sat/Lorawan) to widen reach of superfast capability.
- Move beyond Carbon Neutral to Carbon negative to ensure our economy remains sustainable. Develop the concept of natural capital in the wider public conversations to ensure the environment retains its place in our economy.
- Our society is supported by the voluntary sector, in turn we need to support the voluntary sector to ensure it is able to thrive, alternative funding methods to help cover core funding, micro generation schemes and community asset trusts.
- Market Access: Renew Scotland believes that while the UK has left the EU, there is both scope for a new agreement for Scottish Market Access (based on arrangements in place for other areas) and an imperative for this given the strength of the Scottish remain vote.
- International cooperation was and remains a key part of the benefits created by the wider European Community. Renew Scotland wants Scotland to retain as many of these cooperative links as possible and will work with other parties and organisations to maintain links to bodies like the ECHR, Erasmus, ESA etc.
- Renew Scotland believes that while we have left the EU, the Brexit referendum was flawed. Renew Scotland will therefore continue to push for a re-join option to be put before the Scottish people.
- Renew Scotland advocates a change to the Electoral system in Scotland. First Past the Post is an outdated barely democratic system only used in Europe by the UK and Belarus, while the Regional List elects parties not representative individuals. We would suggest a transferrable vote system similar to that used in local elections would be more representative, and other options should be investigated.
- Renew Scotland supports a new Referendum on Scottish Independence, given the clear changes in the landscape following the Brexit decision. However we see the need to learn from the mistakes in the Brexit referendum, we want a two step process, a first referendum giving a Scottish Government approval to begin negotiations, then after 2 years once a draft agreement has been reached a confirmatory referendum to ensure the people have the final say on Scotland's Future. This reduces the scope for misunderstanding and accusations of lies and exaggeration on both sides.
- Develop a mechanism to extend the ability of constituents to recall Elected officials to all levels in Scotland.
- Introduce a strengthened Code of Conduct ensuring that anyone convicted of serious crimes are barred from standing for office, and anyone in post must stand down on conviction, regardless of sentence. Strengthen the Ministerial Code to require anyone found in breach to stand down from the role.
- Renew requires all of its own candidates be Disclosure checked, the only party to make this public declaration of transparency for parliamentary candidates.
- Register of Interests for elected officials at all levels, publically available and detailing outside roles and appointments if any.
- Rural Links, Improving access for rural communities to the rest of Scotland, Rest and Be Thankful Dualling the A96 etc. Good, sustainable public transport and logistics can only be achieved when the transport links are solid.
- Review National Public Transport Strategy, to provide affordable, sustainable transport accessible to all. Aiming to develop public attitudes towards public transport, not adapt strategy to suit.
- Carbon offsetting as standard for high emission transport ( e.g ferries, air travel)
- Support feasibility studies into Northern Isles road tunnels, which may help limit maritime emissions.
- Reform legal aid criteria to allow wider support for individuals across the legal landscape and to ensure that the Resilience Fund for Legal Aid practitioners is made fit for purpose, so that those in need of Legal Aid have lawyers to call upon.
- Develop a national Building Regulator to ensure the high standards of sustainable materials, methods and energy consumption in public building works.
- Develop programmes of Social Housing Projects to provide an alternative to private renting for those who can't afford 'Affordable' Housing.
- Halt the demolition program being carried out across Scottish Housing and replace these with an upgrade program to update all Housing with sustainable technology, all abandoned buildings to be registered with the Local Authority to ensure that buildings standing empty can fulfil their potential.