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16 April 2024 |

General Election 2024: The Six Tests Parties Must Deliver to Grow Scotland’s Economy

Prosper’s General Election manifesto, Growing for Good, urges all parties to meet six key tests to grow Scotland’s economy:

  • Increase investment (including a stable economic strategy)
  • Drive up productivity
  • Support a skilled workforce and a growing working age population across Scotland
  • Contain specific measures to nurture business purpose
  • Include a credible plan to transition to a net-zero economy
  • Include measures to build place-based growth

Prosper argues our economy stands at a critical juncture. Scotland and the rest of the UK have suffered a series of unprecedented shocks in recent years that have had a severe impact on jobs, incomes, health and personal finances, increasing insecurity and political discontent. In order to transition to a net-zero economy, support an ageing population and adapt to accelerated digitisation and smart technology, the Scottish and wider UK economies must generate sustained growth which lifts social prosperity and funds public services.

Prosper’s recommendations have been designed with members across sectors, geographies and interests with the aim of ensuring that the Scottish and UK economies thrive.

Addressing party spokespeople and candidates Sara Thiam, Chief Executive Officer, Prosper, commented :

“Our question is a simple one. Does your party have a policy programme that will support a prosperous future? Based on our analysis of what needs to change, we have devised six tests to address key weaknesses and increase Scotland’s success in the global economy. Prosper is open-eyed about the scale of the challenges, but we are also optimistic that policy tools are available to transition to a more prosperous and sustainable future. If there is a single request of you from our diverse membership it is that, from Day One, you bring to these tasks the long-term focus, approach and collaboration that they will require.”

Support for the key tests comes from all sectors and regions representing Prosper’s diverse membership:

Graeme Blackett, Director, Biggar Economics, said: “Prosper’s General Election Manifesto provides a sound basis for a programme for government. In the coming years, public finances will be challenging. This Manifesto provides clear guidance for how the government can direct resources to those areas where there will be a return on investment. That will lead to economic prosperity and generate the taxation revenues needed to provide high quality public services in the future. We face many economic challenges, but each of them also presents an economic opportunity that can be grasped if the government works collaboratively with business and civic Scotland.”

Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive, SCVO, highlighted: “Voluntary organisations up and down the country play a crucial role in our economy – addressing inequality, supporting communities to transition to net zero, caring for an ageing population and much, much more. Prosper’s call for economic vision that matches the big challenges in front of us is urgent. As we head into a General Election, our politicians must rise to the occasion.”

Bob Sanguinetti, CEO, Port of Aberdeen, said: “Prosper’s call for action enjoys our full support at Port of Aberdeen. These six tests are not just benchmarks; they’re a blueprint for economic resilience and growth. It’s time for bold, collaborative action to secure Scotland’s prosperous future.”

Jane Grant, Depute Director Open University in Scotland, added: “At a testing time for businesses, the third sector and indeed universities we welcome the challenge from Prosper to parliamentary candidates and the political parties to develop a policy programme which supports a prosperous future. Like Prosper, The Open University in Scotland operates across the whole of the country as we deliver life-changing learning for all. We teach more Scottish students than any other Scottish university. As proud members of Prosper we help employers across public, private and third sectors to develop their workforce and build skills and enterprise and support this manifesto.”

April 2024

General Election Manifesto

General Election Manifesto

Our 6 key tests to grow Scotland's economy

Our question is a simple one. Does your party have a policy programme that will support a prosperous future? Based on our analysis of what needs to change, we have devised six tests to address key weaknesses and increase Scotland’s success in the global economy. Our General Election manifesto urges all parties to implement a programme for government that will:

  • Increase investment (including a stable economic strategy)
  • Drive up productivity
  • Support a skilled workforce and a growing working age population across Scotland
  • Contain specific measures to nurture business purpose
  • Include a credible plan to transition to a net-zero economy
  • Include measures to build place-based growth

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