SURF Manifesto: Planning Ahead for Regeneration

SURF (Scotland’s Independent Regeneration Network) has produced a Manifesto for Regeneration and promoted it to the main political parties in advance of the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections.


(SURF) – Our 2016 manifesto is based on two interlinked priorities, addressing poverty and supporting place-based regeneration, which feed into the overarching theme of improving wellbeing. As part of a comprehensive 18 month consultation process, participants at SURF’s 2015 Annual Conference were given the opportunity to debate, prioritise and vote on 18 draft policy proposals.

Read SURF’s 2016 Manifesto

SURF’s 2016 Manifesto for Regeneration, with nine ‘bold and practical’ policy recommendations for the next Scottish Government, is available for download below (PDF format):

SURF 2016 Manifesto – Final Draft

Key Policy Recommendations

The following proposals are presented as thematically aligned bold and practical actions that should be achievable within the existing powers and timeframe of the next Scottish Government. 

Two complementary Key Recommendations

SURF argues that the next Scottish Government could support places and tackle poverty and inequality more effectively by implementing both of the following two key recommendations:

1. Identify 15 strategic places in which to deliver sustained and coordinated investment in substantial long-term regeneration projects, with a dedicated focus on identifying transferable learning.

2. Address the fundamental degenerative challenge of high and increasing economic inequalities by introducing a statutory duty for supporting socio-economic equity in all public policy.

Secondary Policy Proposals

SURF also believes that the next Scottish Government should:

* Produce a new Regeneration Strategy for Scotland with a committed and coherent focus on reducing inequalities by alleviating the impacts of degenerative forces on deprived places;

* Rebrand, realign and clarify the Community Planning system;

* Enhance active support for community led regeneration, social enterprises and cultural organisations, whilst recognising that they alone cannot adequately tackle all physical, social and economic challenges in disadvantaged places;

* Invest in direct job creation in areas of chronic employment market failure;

* Explore the potential and process for commissioning a citizens’ income pilot;

* Replace the Hub procurement model with one that better supports local regeneration aims and capacities;

* Replicate the successful and inclusive approach of Highlands and Islands Enterprise in rural areas in the rest of Scotland.

Sources: SURF & SenScot

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