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The Scottish Government has now published the new programme for government, the series of policy pledges for the year ahead. There’s lots in there that will be of interest to social entrepreneurs.
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There’s a key section called “An Economy that works for all of Scotland’s People and Places” that says: 
“We will also support businesses with alternative ownership models, including cooperatives and social enterprises, with a view to increasing their representation in the Scottish economy, and increase the number of employee owned businesses in Scotland to 500 by 2030.”
In the “Living Better” section it adds: 
“We will also support the social enterprise sector as it works to tackle pressing social issues including homelessness and climate change – investing £5 million over three years to help community organisations recover from the pandemic, give every child the opportunity to engage with a social enterprise during their time at school, and promote international social enterprises in emerging markets like Africa and South East Asia.”
There are many diverse policy pledges that are relevant to social enterprises. It’s worth searching for commitments that are of specific interest to your organisation and sector. Also bear in mind that we already have the Social Enterprise Action Plan commitments in place.
Here are some of the key policy pledges of broad interest:
We look forward to the next year and working with our partners in social enterprise and the third sector, as well as with national and local government, to ensure that social enterprise solutions are at the heart of our economy.
If social enterprises have any questions about the new Programme for Government or any other policy issues please get in contact with duncan.thorp@socialenterprise.scot
Duncan Thorp is policy & public affairs manager for Social Enterprise Scotland
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