Writing a Resolution may at first seem daunting, but it’s really quite simple:
- Start off by noting the wider context surrounding the subject of the Resolution, as well as any facts or statistics that may be relevant to issues involved
- Following on from this, outline arguments about why the aim of the Resolution is necessary, arguments which highlight the positive benefits associated with that aim or support the position you are advocating
- Finally, conclude the Resolution by outlining what you are calling on SNP Youth to support, oppose, campaign for, implement etc.
Below are examples of previous Resolutions that have been debated and adopted at SNP Youth National Conference, which illustrate the structure and terminology used when drafting a Resolution:
Independent School Charitable Status
Conference notes that the charitable status of independent schools entitles them to receive up to 80% relief on Non-Domestic Rates payments, the tax payable on non-residential property. Conference further notes that state schools receive no such discount, and that the relief available to independent schools deprives Scotland’s local authorities of over £3m a year.
Conference commends the Scottish Government for its commitment to ensuring that access to education in Scotland is based on the ability to learn and not the ability to pay. Conference welcomes the fact that university applications from young people from the most disadvantaged backgrounds have increased substantially in recent years. Conference recognises, however, that young people from disadvantaged backgrounds still make up a disproportionately low proportion of applicants to higher education.
Conference therefore supports the modification of independent school charitable status to abolish Non-Domestic Rate relief, and resolves that increased revenue generated from such a change could be ring-fenced to support programmes to widen access to higher education.
Private Rented Sector
Conference commends the Scottish Government for its record of delivering for tenants in the Private Rented Sector (PRS), including the abolition of letting agents’ fees and the introduction of safe deposit schemes.
Conference notes, however, that PRS rents in parts of Scotland have risen substantially in recent years at rates far exceeding inflation and wage growth, and that the supply of housing is insufficient to meet demand.
Conference therefore supports the introduction of rent controls as a means of ensuring affordability of housing. Conference supports investment in social housing as the primary means of increasing housing supply.