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A vision for culture in Scotland

1. What is your view of the Vision as set out above?

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2. If you have any further comments on the Vision, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have any further comments on the Vision, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
To say that culture must aim to be innovative and excellent is problematic and difficult to quantify in a variety of settings. Culture is by it's nature not inclusive - it is common to one group of individuals and not another. However I support the final point - 'Culture’s empowering and transformative power is experienced by everyone.'

Transforming through culture

3. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Transforming through culture’?

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4. If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Transforming through culture’, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Transforming through culture’, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
I support the idea of a broader, strategic approach to cultural planning throughout Scotland, but local authorities have a big part to play, and as yet they have not been guided by the NPF to take the cultural planning approach. If the NPF is to be continued then cultural outcomes must be made clearer within it. I would like to see some evidence for the ambitions regarding the use of culture for other outcomes i.e. health. Is 'transforming through culture' an example of excellence? Where do the national companies play into this ambition?

5. Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
We haven't established what is wrong with the current leadership post within the Scottish government - the Minister for Culture - and what the need for another leadership post is. The government is already advised by the heads of the national companies and NDGB such as NGS and NLS. Why do we need another? I support action 2 (this is normally called an objective within the framework of a strategy). Action 3 is meaningless. What does 'progress' in health, well-being, economy, education, reducing inequality and a greener future actually look like, and how can culture measurably contribute to those unspecified outcomes?

Empowering through culture

6. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Empowering through culture’?

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7. If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Empowering through culture’ please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Empowering through culture’ please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
People on low incomes are taking part in culture, just not the culture that the government funds. Why must people on low incomes attend established, traditional culture instead of going to the cinema or watching TV? What makes one culture better than another? There is a contradiction between trying to make culture open to everyone and encouraging existing cultural activity within communities.

Sustaining culture

9. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Sustaining culture’?

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10. If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Sustaining culture’ please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Sustaining culture’ please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
Culture doesn't need money to flourish, it exists regardless. By 'developing the conditions for culture to thrive' and linking this to the economy we place restrictions on whose culture we are promoting as the correct/acceptable culture. This section reads like a report rather than a strategy. Given this context - what is the strategy going forward?

11. Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
I support the formation of a national investment bank. I support action 3 relating to freelance work - how will this be achieved? New approach to taxation would be a start. How exactly are you going to broaden the backgrounds of those working in the sector? If you want to support women for example, introduce a 12 month shared parental leave. Or to support young people, introduce support to take sabbatical. I support action 5.

Delivering A Culture Strategy for Scotland

12. Please provide details of any examples of good work and best practice, from Scotland or internationally, that you think could be included in the final strategy? We are interested in a range of different approaches.

Please provide details of any examples of good work and best practice, from Scotland or internationally, that you think could be included in the final strategy? We are interested in a range of different approaches.
Glasgow Women's Library recently published a report on their work (June 2018) and represents an innovative and highly useful approach to supporting workers, representation and cultural output. Examples of cultural planning can be found from Fife Council and others. Finland's investment bank and approach to culture is highly relevant given the similarities between Finland and Scotland's population and geography.

13. What can you or your organisation do to support the vision, aims, ambitions and actions of the strategy?

What can you or your organisation do to support the vision, aims, ambitions
I don't currently work at a strategic level - I'm a young woman and my superiors aren't particularly interested in my opinion.

14. What do you think success for the strategy will look like?

What do you think success for the strategy will look like?
That's something you should already have an idea of if you are writing a strategy document, otherwise how can progress towards these ambitions/actions (normally called aims and objectives) be measured?

Monitoring the Impact of the Strategy

15. What is your view of the proposed approach to monitoring and evaluating the strategy set out in section 5?

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16. If you have further comments on the proposed monitoring and evaluation approach, please provide them below.

If you have further comments on the proposed monitoring and evaluation approach, please provide them below.
Monitoring and evaluation needs to be built into the ambitions and actions, it shouldn't be an after thought. This approach is not going to be effective.

Impact Assessments

18. Do you think the partial Equality Impact Assessment has identified where the strategy might impact on people differently depending on characteristics such as age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender identity?

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19. If you have further comments on the Equality Impact Assessment, please provide them below. For example, what would you add or change?

If you have further comments on the Equality Impact Assessment, please provide them below. For example, what would you add or change?
The assessment is broad brush and uses terms such as 'diversity' throughout which mean different things to different people. It doesn't state anything about HOW people with protected characteristics will be affected, only that it will be positive for them. The document is meaningless.

20. Do you think the partial Children’s Rights and Welfare Impact Assessment sets out how the proposals presented in the strategy might impact on the rights and welfare of children?

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21. If you have further comments on the Children’s Rights and Welfare Impact Assessment, please provide them below. For example, what would you add or change?

If you have further comments on the Children’s Rights and Welfare Impact Assessment, please provide them below. For example, what would you add or change?
Eliminating unlawful discrimination is a bold claim, and says nothing for advancing equality of opportunity which is entirely more complicated. I'd be interested if the strategy did put forward plans as to ensuring the right to cultural expression - with instrumental music lessons being either cut or charged for throughout Scotland, how will this strategy reverse the existing decline in cultural expression for children?

22. How do you think this strategy might impact upon people on low incomes, people living in deprived areas, people in material deprivation, people with no / or low wealth and people from different socio-economic backgrounds? Please provide comments below.

How do you think this strategy might impact upon people on low incomes, people living in deprived areas, people in material deprivation, people with no / or low wealth and people from different socio-economic backgrounds? Please provide comments below.
I think they'll be expected to take part in middle class culture or other people's culture rather than to be interested in what they can do for themselves with their own experience and interests.

23. Do you think the partial Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment identifies how the proposals presented in the Strategy might impact on businesses, the third (voluntary) sector or have any regulatory impact?

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24. If you have further comments on the Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment, please provide them below. For example, what would you add or change?

If you have further comments on the Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment, please provide them below. For example, what would you add or change?
The argument that not having a cultural strategy means the government doesn't care about culture is interesting, since it hasn't had a strategy in place for the last decade. Presenting a cost benefit analysis for the government says nothing about the impact on businesses or regulation.

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