This is a tale of two governments – the SNP Scottish Government that’s delivering progress to every household in Scotland, and the UK Tory government imposing damaging policies against our will.
While Boris Johnson’s priorities lie around Trident nuclear weapons, welfare cuts and a power grab on Scotland, the SNP Government is choosing a different path.
Rewarding our NHS workers
Scotland’s NHS staff will get at least a 4% pay increase, giving the lowest paid workers a minimum £1,000 increase and an average £1,200 rise for frontline NHS nurses. That’s on top of our £500 thank-you payment.
NHS staff have only been offered a 1% pay rise – branded by health staff and unions as “pitiful” and an “insult”.
🏥 Our NHS staff deserve more than applause – 1% is not enough. That's why the SNP @ScotGov have offered at least a 4% pay rise to over 154,000 staff.
🤝 Frontline nurses see an average increase of £1200.
— The SNP (@theSNP) March 25, 2021
Strengthening children’s rights
The SNP Scottish Government is delivering the strongest protection for children’s rights anywhere in the UK, after incorporating the UNCRC into law.
The UK Tory government threatened to take the Scottish Government to court for passing the UNCRC Bill to strengthen children’s rights, as the Westminster power grab starts to take effect.
👶🏻 @Scotparl this week voted to enshrine the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots Law.
— The SNP (@theSNP) March 21, 2021
New: UK Government says two Scottish Government Bills might be beyond Holyrood's competence.
Law officers are looking at incorporation of UN child rights and local self-government bills.
Could end up in Supreme Court.
— Andy Philip (@andydphilip) March 24, 2021
Bairns, not bombs
We’ve introduced the Scottish Child Payment, the most ambitious measure to tackle child poverty anywhere in the UK, which has been described as “game-changing” by charities. That’s on top of our Baby Box, Best Start Grant, and expansion of free childcare.
The Tories are spending billions more, on top of a £205 billion Trident renewal bill, to increase the number of nuclear weapons on the Clyde – fully supported by Keir Starmer’s Labour.
☮️ There is no place for nuclear weapons in Scotland, or anywhere else in the world.
🥀 Unlike Labour, we will never support wasting billions of pounds on Trident – money that could be spent on tackling poverty and building a fairer recovery.https://t.co/l42361GSU1
— The SNP (@theSNP) February 26, 2021
Delivering over 96,500 affordable homes
The SNP has already delivered over 96,500 affordable homes in every part of Scotland, including 67,000 for social rent. We’ve now introduced Scotland’s first long-term housing strategy to deliver 100,000 more affordable homes and improve rights and protections for tenants.
Boris Johnson spent £2.6 million of taxpayers’ money on a Downing Street TV briefing room, as well as a “Brexit plane” and more Union flags.
🏠 The SNP already delivered over 96,750 affordable homes – and we’re only getting started.
🏴 Now, SNP @scotgov has a plan to deliver 100,000 more affordable homes by 2032 – with 70% for social rent.
🏗️ This will support around £16bn of investment and up to 14,000 jobs a year. pic.twitter.com/HuyLpVzQ97
— The SNP (@theSNP) March 15, 2021
All government buildings in England, Wales and Scotland to fly Union flag every day https://t.co/W28VR2RAY8
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) March 24, 2021
Standing up for Scotland’s place in Europe
We have consistently stood against the damaging Tory Brexit, which Scotland overwhelmingly rejected – and we’re offering the people of Scotland the opportunity to choose a better future as an independent, European country.
The UK Tory government has dragged Scotland out of the EU against our will – damaging our economy, robbing young people of opportunities, and selling out Scotland’s fishing communities.
🔎 Since Brexit, exports from the UK to the EU have fallen by 68%.
🚨 The Road Haulage Association warned repeatedly but said it was “a complete waste of time” as Michael Gove “doesn’t listen”.
— The SNP (@theSNP) February 8, 2021
All this, and more, is under threat as Westminster grabs Scotland’s powers
The SNP Scottish Government has put Scotland on the map, delivering many bold, progressive and world-leading policies. Here are just a few:
- Free tuition
- Free prescriptions
- Free personal care
- Free sanitary products
- World-leading climate targets
- Energy Transition Fund to drive green recovery
- Free bus travel for under-19s – expanding to under-22s
- 600 hours of free high-quality childcare – expanding to 1,140
The ongoing Westminster power grab puts it all at risk, as UK ministers gain new powers to overrule decisions by the democratically elected Scottish Parliament.
🚨 The Tories’ economic plans for Brexit UK have been exposed as a full-scale assault on devolution.
📣 Even the Welsh Labour First Minister called it an “enormous power grab”.
— The SNP (@theSNP) March 10, 2021
On May 6, make it #BothVotesSNP to put Scotland’s recovery in Scotland’s hands – not Boris Johnson’s
The best way to protect our Scottish Parliament from the Tory power grab, and protect Scotland from more damaging Westminster policies, is by becoming an independent country in Europe.
On May 6, we can choose to keep delivering progress, secure indyref2, and put Scotland’s recovery in Scotland’s hands.
The best way to achieve that is with Both Votes SNP.