Believe in Scotland’s Manifesto for Wellbeing


  1. Quality of life, equality, fairness, happiness and health are all economic outcomes that should be given equal weight to economic growth
  2. The focus of the economy should be to serve the needs of people and society more than the needs of big business and finance
  3. To be able to live with dignity while experiencing wellbeing and security should be a basic human right, not something that comes only with wealth
  4. You cannot have a thriving economy without a thriving society and you cannot have a thriving society without a thriving economy
  5. Austerity has failed. It is slowing economic growth, harming people and society and making the country more susceptible to economic and health crises
  6. Post coronavirus, our economic policies need to be re-engineered to generate higher levels of equality in health, wealth, wellbeing and access to opportunity
  7. If we build society and our economy more successfully after coronavirus, we can create a new economic approach, allowing both our economy and our society to thrive and be more resilient in the face of crises
  8. The nature of work is changing. We need to invest more heavily in innovation, encouraging better business practices and preparing for the future of work
  9. Education is an investment in our children and young people. It should always be free and open to everyone
  10. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. Greater government investment in creativity and innovation is needed to help them grow and create better quality jobs
  11. Government expenditure on welfare and health is higher due to inequalities in the current economic system and a wellbeing approach would reduce those costs
  12. Economic success being more equally shared amongst society would result in better growth
  13. Greater access to personal development opportunities for all will increase social mobility and benefit the economy in the long-term
  14. Ending poverty, inequality and unfairness, while increasing minimum wage and job security will boost the economy
  15. People need to feel more secure in their livelihoods. A universal basic income (UBI) for every adult citizen would provide that security and end both in-work and pensioner poverty
  16. Decision making should be less centralised, to give people a greater democratic voice in local issues
  17. We need to reduce our economy’s carbon outputs and waste, make transport more sustainable and make recycling and repairing far more prominent
  18. Independence is a normal state of affairs for a country. With all the powers of a normal independent nation, we can create a more prosperous, fairer, greener, happier and healthier nation
  19. Scotland is for the people of Scotland, but not just those born here or who currently live here – Scotland can be reborn in our newest Scots
  20. Scotland’s civic nationalism is inclusive, internationally focused and welcoming. It rejects exceptionalism. We are not “better” than anyone else by virtue of being Scottish. We simply want the chance to use independence to create a nation that reflects our political, economic, environmental and social values and thus enhances our nation’s wellbeing in ways that cannot be achieved without nation status.


Believe in Scotland is the community for people who live in Scotland and who believe that Scotland’s future should be decided by the people of Scotland. We are also Scotland’s most active, most effective, and most successful independence campaigning group.

We support independence, not for politics but for the people, as a means to an end of building a better Scotland. This is what we believe:

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