• Kenneth Gibson MSP

2021/22 SNP Programme for Government: Communities and People



As our economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, the SNP Government will seize the opportunity to design an economy that is greener and works for all of Scotland’s people and places.

This will ensure that communities across North Ayrshire and Scotland are better connected, empowered and resilient – with new and better transport links, funding for rural entrepreneurs, and revitalising our high streets.

To support thriving, resilient and diverse communities across North Ayrshire and Scotland, the SNP Government will do the following over the next 12 months:


  • Bring ScotRail into the public sector, and legislate for free bus travel for under‑22’s.

  • Delivering the £325 million Place Based Investment Programme, to help revitalise town centres and provide new space for local businesses and jobs, through repurposing land.

  • Take action to reform and modernise the compulsory purchase system in Scotland, making it clearer, fairer and faster for all parties to achieve infrastructure, development and regeneration projects in our towns and on our high streets.

  • Produce a route map to reduce car use by 20% – measured as ‘car kilometres’ – by 2030.

  • Produce a new National Community Justice Strategy, supporting plans to invest in community justice services, including diversion from prosecution, and to promote alternatives to prison.

  • Launch a new funding programme to provide practical and emotional support to victims, survivors and witnesses of crime across Scotland.

  • Provide £12 million to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping, including £8 million for local authorities to support rapid rehousing plans and scale up our Housing First approach.


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