Scotland: The Recovery 2021

Holyrood’s Scotland: The Recovery conference will build on last year’s big, bold and inclusive conversation about the way forward for Scotland

Scotland is at a crossroads. As we emerge from the pandemic, we can either plan to return to “normal” or reimagine the world and aspire to do better.

As Scotland emerges from the deepest recession in over 300 years, the pandemic has ravaged our health service, exacerbated existing inequalities in society – including educational outcomes, and driven our cultural scene into a long and deep hibernation.

Scotland’s recovery should not be regarded as purely economic. To truly foster the better world and modern Scotland that we aspire to, this must be seen as an once-in-a-generation opportunity to pursue real and lasting national renewal.

Change is already in progress, from building on the community cohesion necessitated by the pandemic, to revitalizing our town centres and creating a National Care Service. Scotland can, and should, use the opportunity to deliver bold changes in pursuit of the wellbeing of people and planet.

Holyrood is offering complimentary passes to our two-day delegate-led conference. Hear from expert speakers and key stakeholders with a diverse range of perspectives, as they contribute to and shape the national narrative towards recovery.

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Lorraine Gray
Scottish Social Services Council
Dr Chris Williams
Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland (RCGP Scotland)
Leon Thompson
UKHospitality Scotland
Prof. Leigh Sparks
University of Stirling
Chris Martin
Social Enterprise Scotland
Councillor John Alexander
Scottish Cities Alliance
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Stuart Patrick
Glasgow Chamber of Commerce
Councillor Ellen Forson
Clackmannanshire Council
Jackie Baillie MSP
Scottish Labour
Kate Forbes MSP
Anna Fowlie
Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
Daisy Narayanan
City of Edinburgh Council & Architecture and Design Scotland
Irene Beautyman
Improvement Service & Public Health Scotland
Miriam Brett
Common Wealth
Sara Cowan
Scottish Women’s Budget Group

As the vaccine rollout provides a route back to normality; to life beyond the pandemic; we can look forward to the future promise the recovery may bring. Such was the all-encompassing impact of COVID, Scotland’s recovery cannot and will not just be one where the economy grows back to pre-pandemic levels. It is an opportunity to foster social and health recovery, cultural and spiritual renewal and local and community cohesion. But recovery in Scotland must also be a process and a mechanism to tackle some of the era-defining challenges of our time and harness the opportunities that they bring from climate change to technological innovation to developing a better wellbeing economy with sustainability of people and planet at its heart in a time where we have both an ageing population, increasingly impoverished children and twin crises of climate and nature to tackle. In this session, we will look at Scotland’s vision for recovery; what it will look like; what it will achieve and how it is intended to genuinely “build back better” after the pandemic.

If the pandemic has reminded us of anything, it is that in the midst of adversity, the importance of the community cannot be underestimated. In the first 100 days of being in office since the election in May, the Scottish Government will launch the “Scotland Loves Local” campaign, continue to build its pioneering 20-minute neighbourhoods and to promote and facilitate a Community Wealth Building approach. Throughout the year, there has been progress on this as a model of more progressive, fair and just recovery in Fife, Clackmannanshire and the Western Isles to name a few local authorities to have embraced this. By definition, no two locality’s implementation of CWB will be the same. In this session, we will take a look at the progress on a more equitable recovery in these areas and also discuss how community wealth building can provide benefits to every community and individual in Scotland, should it be adopted on a more wholesale basis.

Our city and town centres are a core part of Scottish life, but have faced many challenges over recent years – some of which exacerbated by the pandemic and the lockdown measures implemented.   

There has been a 22% decrease in footfall between 2007 – 2017, yet the recovery offers a once in a generation chance to reimagine the centres of our towns and cities as being more pleasant and attractive places to live in, work in and travel to. 

In this session, we will discuss how we build our high streets back to something that exceeds the tired and dying pre-pandemic model.  

Scotland’s tourism sector has been badly hit by the pandemic and the measures necessary to contain the spread of the virus and as such it has been a very difficult year for many tourism and hospitality businesses. 

In supporting 1 in 12 jobs in the Scottish economy and a sector with growth potential over the next decade owing to the ambition and resilience of the sector and the fact Scotland is one of the world’s most iconic destinations, the impetus to ensure a strong recovery for this particular sector is clear. 

In this session, we will discuss the measures recommended by the programme of measures devised by the Scottish Tourism Emergency Response Group and the wider tourism strategy with an ambition to make Scotland a global leader in international tourism by 2030.  

In this pre-conference networking session, delegates will be able to discuss lessons from Day 1 of the conference, as well as what they hope to learn on Day 2.

The number of Scots waiting more than a year for hospital treatment more than doubled in the first quarter of this year, owing to the NHS being put on an emergency footing to deal with the deadly second wave of the pandemic over the winter.  

This has been described as a healthcare crisis and with the Health Secretary stating that it will take years to restore the NHS to pre-COVID levels of treatment, he will bring forward a plan to help the NHS – and in doing so, patients to - recover within the first 100 days of the new administration taking office.  This will include a raft of measures including a 10% increase in key services, 3 rapid diagnostic centres for cancer and the 4% backdated pay increase for all NHS Scotland staff.  

The health, wellbeing and wealth of a nation are all inextricably linked with health outcomes clearly correlating to economic ones.  In this session, we will discuss the Scottish Government’s NHS Recovery Plan and discuss the strategy for improving healthcare, wellbeing and by extension, economic, outcomes.  

The First Minister described the delivery of a national care service, giving parity to adult social care to that of health care, as the most important public policy intervention since the creation of the National Health Service itself and will be built upon the same principles of fairness, equality and human rights.  

The new service will oversee the delivery of care, improve standards, training and staff pay and conditions while giving support for unpaid carers and will be delivered by the increasing of public investment in social care by £800 million over the parliament. 

This is in addition to the implementation of 1140 hours – a doubling – of childcare provision and other changes which will be particularly beneficial in helping women be more active participants in the economy and for their labour to count for more.  

But if our recovery is to be inclusive and more equal, this means cultivating an economy that values the role of care more than the current model does, with a national care service as the epitome of this.  

In this discussion, we will outline what a care economy looks like; what potential impact the National Care Service in Scotland may have and what this means for the shape and trajectory of our recovery and what additional progressive change is needed to embed the value of care and further entrench fair work principles across gender lines in our economic model.

Many of the landmark changes that we have seen from the post-devolution settlement in Scotland have started with a grassroots campaign with the voluntary sector or civic society at its heart.  From the smoking ban to free personal care for the elderly to better social security provision, the voluntary and civic sectors in Scotland have been at the very forefront of driving change. 

However, one of the biggest casualties of the pandemic was these sectors, who often help the most vulnerable people in society, with the Scottish Government having to set up a Third Sector Resilience Fund last year to help keep many organisations afloat. 

The third, civic and social enterprise sector will all be crucial to delivering the holistic economic, social and cultural recovery that has fairness, justice and sustainability at its heart. 

In this discussion, we will illuminate the diversity and value that these sectors can offer and discuss how best to harness that in pursuit of recovery.

In this session, we will host a fireside chat with an influential person relating to Scotland’s recovery.

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      12 Oct 2021 9:00 am
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      13 Oct 2021 3:30 pm
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