Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP. Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South & Kinross-shire, has been appointed by the First Minister to the post of Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.
Speaking about her new role, Ms Cunningham said:
“I am delighted to have been asked to continue as a Cabinet Secretary within the Scottish Government.
“I really enjoyed my time as Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training and I am particularly proud of what we achieved both in terms of promoting the Living Wage, with more firms in Scotland signed up than in any of the other nations of the UK, and in delivering over 100,000 apprenticeships since 2011.
“However, I am looking forward immensely to rolling up my sleeves – and getting my wellies on – and getting on with my new job as Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform. In some ways, there is an element of back to the future with this post as the remit is very similar to an earlier post I had as Minister for the Environment but upgraded to Cabinet Status.
“There are some really important challenges to be met in this area as we implement the provisions of last year’s Land Reform (Scotland) Act, including the establishment of a Scottish Land Commission and the publication of a Land Rights and Responsibilities statement and look to bringing 1 million acres of land into community ownership by 2020.
“Scotland has been rightly praised for the ambition of our climate change targets, which are more stretching than those of the UK as a whole. Working with partners in the public and private sectors, we have been transforming our energy production, making homes more comfortable and energy efficient, and supporting the take-up of low carbon vehicles. Furthermore, I know that nearly 600 communities have received funding from the Climate Challenge Fund to help them with their commitment to contribute to meeting those targets.”