The SDA supports the principles of the welfare state, social justice and health care insofar as they can be financed and that it does not inhibit the will to work or stultify innovation.
The SDA advocates that there needs to a restructuring and redefinition of the Social and Welfare system in order to improve the quality of the services for those genuinely in need of care and support whilst ensuring the timely return of those who are fit and healthy back into full or part time employment.
The current system is overly bureaucratic and difficult to use, particularly for the elderly and those with learning difficulties. The system is open to misuse and often appears to be driven by political party point scoring rather than genuine concern for the actual welfare and social needs of the general public.
A factor, which is becoming more apparent, is that it is too easy to obtain and retain benefits. There needs to be a reappraisal and a move to return to a more stringent system of appraisal where only those in genuine need receive benefits. Over the years the work culture has been eroded and it has become easier to obtain benefits rather than seek work.
|Social Policy - Executive Summary|
Scotland's greatest resource is its people. Since the devolution settlement we have a renewed sense of self-worth and pride of nationhood. We are Scots and proud of it.
The SDA advocates that in Independent Scotland we will have the resources to provide an individual state pension which will enable our elderly citizens to live in dignity.
Independent Scotland will be in a position to start afresh with the provision of pensions. The current systems do not provide pensions which permit many of our retired elderly to live with dignity after working and contributing all their lives.
The SDA are in the process of formulating proposals which will enable our elderly citizens to have access to an improved level of pensions.
We foresee the need for review in three areas; the individual State Pension, a private pension scheme and a scheme for government employees.
Please read the following attachment for our proposals for provision of government employee pensions.
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Article under preparation.
The SDA believes that high quality health care is essential for the future of Scotland and the well-being of its people. We believe Scotland has a health service to be proud of, and dedicated staff who deserve our full support.
Our health service has suffered at times and in places from administrative procedures that sometimes fail the patients, and from management decisions that have frustrated the clinicians and reduced their motivation and effectiveness. There is too often a lack of clear lines of command and authority within our hospitals.
The management of NHS services should be re-organised, and slimmed down. It should focus more on outputs than on process. We believe that clinicians should concentrate their skills and energies on patient care, and qualified, professional managers should organise and administer the hospitals and care services, in close consultation with the clinicians.
The SDA believe that senior clinicians with extensive administration experience would be the preferred and most suitable persons to administer our hospitals and care services.
The primary objective must be to put patients' needs first.
The annual report 2009 of the Chief Medical Officer Scotland provides an inciteful overview of the health of the Scots.
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A high quality education system, which enables both our younger generation and our adult students to develop their practical and mental skills to their fullest potential, is an essential element in the sustainability and growth of our nation.
The Scottish Democratic Alliance (SDA) is of the opinion that the existing systems, in their broadest sense, are no longer meeting the needs of Scotland in this century.
The SDA proposes that the Ministry of Education should ensure that local authorities are required to provide an even allocation of funding per pupil across all of Scotland.
Article under preparation and will be published ASAP