Councillor Susan Aitken
SNP Group Leader
Glasgow City Council
Glasgow has been many things: a huddled medieval city around the High Street and Cathedral; a great merchant city; an engineering and shipbuilding powerhouse. Today we are the engine of Scotland’s economy, and its economic, sporting, business and cultural capital.
But that is not enough: the SNP have bigger ambitions for Glasgow and its people.
We will work to improve life chances and life choices for all of our citizens. We will improve our local environments, encouraging economic recovery in every corner of the city. Our communities will be reconnected, with each other and with the city centre. Our children will see their horizons widened, with opportunities to work, learn and play. We will give Glasgow back to the people.
Our challenge, as the SNP group seeking your mandate, is to treat the great city of Glasgow with the respect it deserves: to set our hearts and our heads on making Glasgow the best place to raise a family, to start a business, to live a good life – a great European city that is mindful of its past, and confident in its future.
Glasgow doesn’t belong to any one group of people or to any political party. Our city belongs to all of us and we all have a role to play in building a better Glasgow.
We commend our programme to you and hope that you give us your support to build the future Glasgow deserves.
Councillor David McDonald
For Greater Pollok
SNP Group Deputy Leader
Glasgow City Council
Every policy contained in this manifesto aims to contribute to our long-term goals of lifting children, households and communities out of poverty; reducing the gap in healthy life expectancy; giving every child and young person an equal chance to fulfil their potential; regenerating neighbourhoods; and ensuring that every citizen and every community feels that they have a stake in the city and can benefit from Glasgow’s future success.
Some of the links between the policies set out here and our overarching social justice agenda will be obvious: our intention to eradicate the attainment gap in our schools and our aim to create more jobs in parts of the city where people currently struggle to find local work, for example. With others, the connection may not appear so immediate, but they will have an important impact: our pledge to implement Low Emissions Zones will bring significant public health benefits for everyone, but especially for the old, the sick and the poor.
Our policies will be implemented in the ways that give them the best chance of being successful: by focusing on early intervention and prevention and helping people and communities where and when they need it; by working in partnership with everyone who has the experience, ideas and commitment needed to drive change. Above all, we will put our people and communities in charge of their future.
This is a manifesto that aims to deliver a long-term, sustainable transformation for the people and communities who need it most. It is for the shared benefit of every single Glaswegian. We don’t pretend to have all the answers and we know that the deep-seated effects of neglect that some parts of the city have suffered will not be reversed overnight. But we believe that a fairer, more equal Glasgow is possible - one where we all have an equal chance regardless of our background or our postcode. We are determined to make this happen.