Embrace a right to repair
Put into law the principle of a universal right to repair.
The following would support repair in Scotland:
- circular design practices that promote ease of repair and discourage planned obsolescence
- access to parts at a reasonable cost
- access to repair information and how-to guides
- access to independent repair systems
- promotion of safe self-repair
- •fiscal incentives for repair services and refurbished parts (including VAT).
Some of this could be done by the Scottish Government or local authorities, some of it only by the UK Government. The recent introduction of a Repairability Index in France224 is an excellent example of how consumers can be educated on repair and producers encouraged to make their products more repairable.
For further information:
- European Right to Repair campaign https://repair.eu
- Policy Paper for Scotland Circular Economy Bill, Circular Communities Scotland, May 2022, https:// www.circularcommunities.scot/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Scotlands-Circular-Economy-Bill-Policy-Paper.pdf
Implemented on five categories of goods in January 2021, https://repair.eu/news/the-french-repair-index-challenges-and-opportunities/