That the Parliament believes that Scotland’s world-class heritage sector and its workforce have long been undervalued, and are now in jeopardy due to the cost of living crisis; considers that Scotland’s heritage sites, including those in the Lothian region, are well-loved by international visitors and locals alike; believes that Scotland must celebrate and champion its unique cultures; understands that the new generation of potential conservationists, archaeologists, curators and other specialists are also experiencing hardship, and that new trainees cannot even afford their rents; notes the view that better pay will mean that Scotland’s young people can aspire to have secure, long-term employment in the heritage sector, and further notes the calls for the Scottish Government to recognise the contribution that Scotland’s heritage workforce makes to local communities, the nations of the UK and the world.

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