Commenting on the Scottish Programme for Government, Friends of the Earth Scotland’s Director, Dr Richard Dixon, said: “This year’s Programme for Government confirms the promises from the SNP election manifesto and the co-operation agreement with the Scottish Green Party, but gives disappointingly little further detail on timescales or processes.” “The £500m Just Transition Fund for the North East will be spread over ten years, and the Programme for Government does not make it clear what the fund will be spent on, who will get the money or who will sign off the cheques. A fund to support the North East is important, however there is no indication of how Just Transition will be funded elsewhere. “The continued silence on the commitment to establish a Public Energy Company remains deeply concerning. This company should be driving change by creating new renewables projects, prioritising domestic supply chains and providing affordable energy.
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The Scottish Government’s initial response to the final report of the Just Transition Commission. It sets out our long-term vision for just transition and provides details on our National Just Transition Planning Framework.
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Richard Hardy, Prospect Scottish National Secretary and member of the Just transition Commission, said: “Prospect welcomes the statements around Transition Plans, Fair Work and especially the Skills Guarantee, but the response lacks any clear strategy for creating new high quality jobs. “This strategy is vital to making a Just Transition meaningful to our members and the many thousands of other workers who will be impacted by the journey to net zero. This is very disappointing, unions argued long and hard in the Commission for a more interventionist approach on this key issue. “There is much to welcome in the ambition of what 2045 could look like, on technology roadmaps and especially addressing apprenticeships and the response goes further than any other UK Government has been prepared to go. Every journey after all starts with a single step, what’s vital now is the engagement of Trade Unions to ensure delivery and expand the Scottish Governments ambition”.
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