Richard Leonard's Public Ownership Manifesto

Scottish Labour leadership candidate Richard Leonard introduces his public ownership manifesto.

The wide ranging measures include public ownership models from energy to public services to transport - investing in Scottish resources, workers and providing a better deal for residents. These moves are part of a growing number of radical plans from Richard to bring real change for the many and not the few. 

On announcing these plans, Richard Leonard said:

"Public ownership and control over our essential public goods and services can lead the fight for social and environmental progress.

"We need to be bold. Look at the SNP's proposals for publicly owned energy and they just don't go far enough. It is not enough to tinker with a pricing structure and play into this compare the market culture. We need to fix the broken market, powered by energy produced, owned and accountable to the Scottish people. From taxpayer - to worker - to consumer, the power should be in their hands. 

"Developing public ownership represents a comprehensive and fundamental change, but it is a radical change which is a Labour change and a popular change."

Under my leadership I will:

  • Initiate an urgent and comprehensive review of how we fund our public projects and infrastructure so that it does not provide a cash bonanza to absentee shareholders. Our public services are there to serve the Scottish public not the balance sheets of financiers

  • Commit to signing no new PFI or NPD deals, to look to bring existing contracts back in-house and to develop alternative public sector models for funding infrastructure, saving the public money and improving services and working conditions

  • I will ‘in-source’ health services, ending the creeping privatisation of health services

  • Work proactively with councils to develop municipal ownership in policy areas like buses, social care, building and energy.

  • Conduct a comprehensive root and branch review of social care, with a view to increasing publicly owned care provision.

  • Create an Industrial Reform and Common Ownership Act to give workers a statutory preferential right to buy an enterprise when it is up for sale or facing closure.

  • Support the development of cooperatives and place Cooperative Development Scotland on a statutory footing

  • Establish a Public Common Good Fund that would help support the development of cooperatives

  • Create a National Energy Company to facilitate and expand community, cooperative and municipal energy generation and that also builds in democratic control of our energy sector. Surpluses will be used to reinvest in infrastructure and tackle fuel poverty by keeping energy bills down

  • Continue to Campaign against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) because of its potential to drive privatisation in public services and undermine democracy.

  • Campaign Against the Canadian European Trade Agreement (CETA), which has the exactly the same potential as TTIP to potential to drive privatisation in public services and undermine democracy

  • Legislate to introduce a law that that prohibits any future Scottish Government from privatising Scottish Water.

  • I will propose a Bill to ensure that the NHS in Scotland remains publicly funded, publicly controlled and publicly accountable by:-

i. Providing that the delivery of NHS services shall continue to be and remain free at the point of use;

ii. Capping the provision of healthcare services purchased using NHS funds from private health care providers to instead build up in house capacity;

iii. Capping and control the use of nursing services obtained by the NHS through private agencies;

iv. Requiring the Cabinet Secretary for Health to lay an annual report on key aspects of this Bill relating to public control and public accountability of the NHS before the Scottish Parliament for the purpose of due parliamentary scrutiny and control

  • I will take train services back into public ownership at the earliest opportunity

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  • commented 2017-10-25 23:10:25 +0100
    A fantastic document and I support all the way. It’s what Scottish People want and it will make people much concerned on how our various public services can’t be destroyed simply for a profit motive again successful public services means people out of poverty better employment and high standards all around.

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