Kirk hopes for a Budget that will make Scotland a fairer and more equal society

The Church of Scotland has urged the Scottish Government to use the draft Budget to try and make the country a fairer, more equal and more just society.

Rev Dr Richard Frazer, convener of the Church and Society Council, has set out a series of proposals to Finance Secretary Derek Mackay who is tomorrow outlining the government’s draft spending and taxation plans for the next year.

Rev Dr Richard Frazer
Rev Dr Richard Frazer

The Church of Scotland has urged the Scottish Government to take action on:

  • Tax
  • Child Benefit
  • Funeral Poverty
  • Local Authority funding
  • Participatory Budgeting
  • Climate Change
  • Fuel Poverty

In a letter to Mr Mackay, Dr Frazer said: “National budgetary decisions have a significant bearing on local communities and the lives of individuals that live in them.

“Economic decisions far from being separate to the social fabric of the nation are part of the weave that shapes who we are and how we are as a nation.

“As a Church, we believe in the creation of a fairer, a more equal and a more just society.

“We urge you to reflect on this and our proposals above in your consideration of the Autumn Budget and the decisions that will be taken.”

The Church and Society Council is running a project called Speak Out.

More than 11,000 people fed back to the Council the kind of issues they felt must be tackled to create a fairer, more equal and just society.

The project results – broken down into seven themes - will help the Council focus on learning from and supporting local congregations and communities.

Central to it is a strong core of issues concerned with community spirit and cohesion on the one hand, as well as the more practical aspects of community, such as housing, social security, gender justice, homelessness and the justice system on the other.