The SNP is the only party with a serious plan for a serious government, with the bold and progressive policies for a stronger recovery.
On May 6, Scotland faces the choice of two futures: the long-term damage of Tory cuts, Brexit and a power grab under the broken Westminster system, or a better, fairer and greener future as an independent country.
In this election, we’re putting forward the most ambitious, progressive and detailed policy platform in the history of devolution.
Here are some of our top pledges announced so far:
1. Hold a post-pandemic independence referendum to put Scotland’s future firmly into Scotland’s hands – not Boris Johnson’s.
2. Deliver at least a 4% pay rise for NHS staff – the biggest in the history of devolution, giving a frontline NHS nurse an average pay rise of over £1,200 a year.
3. 100,000 more affordable homes with at least 70% for social rent, on top of the 96,750 new homes we’ve already delivered right across Scotland.
4. Create a National Care Service, abolishing charges for non-residential care and introducing a National Wage for carers.
5. Universal free school meals for all primary pupils, with free breakfast and lunch for all classes, all year round.
6. Free laptop or tablet, with a free internet connection, for every school pupil, ending the digital divide and providing more equal opportunities.
7. Double the Scottish Child Payment to £20 per week to boost family incomes and tackle child poverty.
8. Scrap council tax charges for all under-22s, on top of our national council tax freeze benefiting people across Scotland.
9. A new network of fast-track cancer diagnostic centres in every part of Scotland to help the NHS recover after the pandemic.
10. Put ScotRail into public ownership to create better value, accountability and stability for passengers and staff.
A SCOTLAND THAT CARES
1. A fair pay rise to NHS staff – we will deliver the biggest NHS pay rise in the history of devolution – offering at least a 4% increase, not the 1% offered by the Tories.
2. Create a National Care Service, backed by increasing investment in social care by 25%.
3. Introduce a new, fair National Wage for Carers.
4. Increase health funding with at least 20% higher frontline spending to properly remobilise our NHS.
5. Double the Carers’ Allowance Supplement this year, worth £460.
6. A network of fast-track cancer diagnostic centres in every part of Scotland to help the NHS recover following the pandemic.
7. Maintain free prescriptions – while they rise to £9.35 per item south of the border.
8. Invest £100 million in the strategy to prevent violence against women and girls.
A MORE EQUAL SOCIETY
1. Tackle child poverty by doubling the “game-changing” Scottish Child Payment to £20 per child per week.
2. Appoint a Victims Commissioner to provide an independent voice to victims and witnesses and review the provision of victim services.
3. Free laptop or tablet, with a free internet connection, for every school pupil – ending the digital divide and providing more equal opportunities.
4. Introduce the Bairn’s Hoose to make justice for children more effective and less traumatising, bringing the care and justice response to crimes together.
5. Scrap council tax charges for all under-22s.
6. Universal free school meals for all primary pupils, with free breakfast and lunch for all classes, all year round.
7. Strengthen children’s rights by implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child within the first six months of an SNP government.
8. 70,000 more homes for social rent and council houses.
9. Enhance rights and protections for tenants.
A GREENER SCOTLAND
1. Progress to net zero by 2045 – meeting our world-leading, legally binding climate targets with bold action.
2. Put ScotRail into public ownership to create better value, accountability and stability for passengers and staff.
3. Invest in a green jobs revolution with our £100 million Green Jobs Fund.
4. Extend free bus travel to everyone under 22.
5. Decarbonise our homes and buildings with a £1.6 billion investment to make heating greener and more efficient.
6. Create the world’s first zero-emission aviation region in the Highlands and Islands, and decarbonise all scheduled flights within Scotland by 2040.
7. Restore over 250,000 hectares of peatlandby 2030, with our ambitious £250 million peatland restoration package.
And this is all before we’ve even launched our 2021 manifesto.