Wellbeing Economy (United Kingdom Government Policies)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 27 March 2024.

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Photo of Màiri McAllan Màiri McAllan Scottish National Party

A wellbeing economy, which the Scottish Government is building, places economic growth side by side with our pursuit of the health and wellbeing of our people and the integrity of our natural environment. We have achieved success: since 2007, Scotland’s gross domestic product per capita has grown by 10.8 per cent, whereas the UK’s has grown by 5.6 per cent. For the benefit of Murdo Fraser, I point out that those are onshore levels.

At the same time, more workers in Scotland are paid the real living wage; likewise, the gender pay gap and child poverty rates are lower in Scotland than they are in the rest of UK.

Equally, we have reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by around 50 per cent since 1990, while our economy has grown. At the same time, policies that the UK Government has pursued—chief among which are austerity, so-called social security reform and Brexit—have undermined that.