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A Fairer Income Tax System

Delivering for Scotland #39: Progressive Taxation Setting rates of Income Tax is now the responsibility of the Scottish Parliament. To support our economy and invest in our public services against the impact of UK austerity, the SNP Scottish Government set a new income tax policy

Protecting & Advancing Human Rights

Delivering for Scotland #41: Human Rights All human beings are entitled to basic rights and freedoms. The SNP wants to create an inclusive Scotland that protects, respects and fulfils internationally recognised human rights. Under the SNP, Scotland developed the UK’s first national action plan on

Organ & Tissue Donation Law Change

New Opt-Out System in Force Graeme has welcomed the implementation of legislation making everyone in Scotland an automatic organ donor unless they opt out. The Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Act 2019 was passed in July 2019 and has now come into effect as of 26

Fair Pay for Social Care Workers

Staff to be Paid at Least the Real Living Wage Graeme has welcomed a commitment to ensure adult social care workers receive at least the Real Living Wage of £9.50 an hour, agreed between the Scottish Government and COSLA. Funding of £64.5 million will be

Real Climate Action

Delivering for Scotland #40: Climate Action The SNP is resolutely committed to ending Scotland’s contribution to climate change. That commitment is backed up by world-leading action on this front. Under the SNP, Scotland was the first country in the UK to declare a climate emergency.

Low or No Business Rates

Delivering for Scotland #42: Non-Domestic Rates Relief The SNP in government is determined to support business to thrive in Scotland. One way it has sought to ensure this is through its policymaking on non-domestic (business) rates. Under the SNP, Scotland has the most generous business

Pay Rise for NHS Scotland Staff

Uplift for Agenda for Change health workers After positive discussions over recent weeks with NHS Trade Unions and NHS Employers, the Scottish Government has offered a substantial pay rise for NHS Scotland Agenda for Change staff. If accepted by staff, this deal will be most

Making More of Scotland’s Land

Delivering for Scotland #43: Land Reform The SNP believes that Scotland’s land must be an asset that benefits the many, not the few. It believes that our system of land rights should promote fairness, social justice, environmental sustainability and economic prosperity for all in our

Free Hospital Car Parking

Jeane Freeman welcomes extension of free hospital car parking Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has confirmed that private finance initiative (PFI) car parking charges at NHS Tayside, NHS Lothian, and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde will remain suspended until further notice. On 30 March 2020, in

Major Infrastructure Achievements

Delivering for Scotland #44: Road Upgrades The SNP is committed to the largest transport investment programme that Scotland has ever seen, despite relentless Westminster budget cuts. While the Scottish Government is entirely committed to a just transition towards a net-zero emissions society, roads upgrades remain