Here’s what a truly radical programme for government would look like.
4th September 2018
The SNP government has delivered its programme for government. Some of the things in it look familiar. Like…
1. Legislation for a Scottish Investment Bank.
Labour announced plans for a Scottish Investment Bank last year. The difference is ours would be backed up by the full power of the UK Economy, with £20billion worth of lending power.
"In contrast Scottish Labour would invest £20 billion over the same period in the Scottish investment bank – ten times the amount proposed by the Scottish Government."https://t.co/LXnorxIOhq
— Scottish Labour (@scottishlabour) May 8, 2018
2. Making payment of the living wage, gender equality in pay, and a ban on zero hours contracts a criteria for business grants.
Labour has been calling for this for years – but we would extend it to the £11billion Scotland spends on public contract, not just the grants Scottish Enterprise makes.
Amazon has received millions of pounds of taxpayer cash from the SNP government – but still won’t pay workers the living wage.
A Labour government would use public contracts to drive up terms and conditions
Read more here ⬇️https://t.co/xw5IEhFsqz
— Scottish Labour (@scottishlabour) May 20, 2018
3. Access to counsellors for every school, college and university.
Labour has been calling for this for years, and we’re delighted that the SNP has finally listened.
— BACP (@BACP) April 28, 2016
4. Extending the provision of sanitary products to schools, colleges and universities.
We would go a stage further and enshrine a universal right in law
96% of respondents supported the plan!
More here ⬇️https://t.co/UkuA7bjlyA
— Scottish Labour (@scottishlabour) March 8, 2018
These are the changes we deliver simply by pushing policy in opposition. Imagine what we could do in government.
Here are 11 things not in the SNP’s programme, that we would deliver in ours:
1. Increasing Child Benefit by £260 per year, helping nearly a million kids and lifting tens of thousands of children out of poverty.
The number of children relying on food banks is soaring in Scotland. Labour has a plan to tackle poverty, starting by increasing Child Benefit by £260 per year. 👇 pic.twitter.com/GFGnOMsAdU
— Scottish Labour (@scottishlabour) August 3, 2018
2. A cap on agency fees in our NHS, so more money can be reinvested in the health service.
— Scottish Labour (@scottishlabour) June 8, 2016
3. An industrial strategy to deliver high wage jobs and skills.
Here’s our industrial strategy, which puts fair wages and secure hours at the heart of economic growth ➡️ https://t.co/8hd5KleMeb
— Scottish Labour (@scottishlabour) May 27, 2018
4. Lifting the cap on students from Scotland getting into higher education.
The cap on student places at Scottish universities should be raised to widen access for students from the poorest backgrounds.
— Scottish Labour (@scottishlabour) August 10, 2018
5. Tackling the housing crisis with a Mary Barbour law.
— Scottish Labour (@scottishlabour) August 17, 2018
6. Delivering a fair deal for teachers and ending the cuts to schools, which have topped £400m since 2010.
ICYMI: Spending on schools has been cut by £400m since 2010. Labour will make the richest pay their fair share so we can properly invest in our public services. 👇 pic.twitter.com/6J4keZPWA7
— Scottish Labour (@scottishlabour) August 7, 2018
7. Suspending the tests that are driving Primary 1 children to tears.
There are fresh reports today about the scale of opposition from teachers and parents to the SNP's standardised testing for primary pupils. @LabourRichard raised these concerns at #FMQs in June. Watch the exchange below. ⬇️pic.twitter.com/CO7ab0wsPP
— Scottish Labour (@scottishlabour) August 2, 2018
8. Ending the cuts to local services with a radical anti-austerity budget.
New figures release today show that the SNP has taken Tory austerity and quadrupled it for Scottish councils. This is the impact of the cuts ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/LNRhFvSSoM
— Scottish Labour (@scottishlabour) May 21, 2018
9. And giving local communities the power to introduce a tourist tax.
— Guardian Scotland (@GdnScotland) August 27, 2018
10. Tackle the shameful wealth inequalities that blight Scotland, where the top 1 per cent own as much as the bottom 50 per cent put together.
Wealth inequality in Scotland is growing, according to a new expert report. @LabourRichard said it is time for a debate about taxing wealth. Read more here ➡️ https://t.co/8p8JIbjhaR pic.twitter.com/3z5GTfjyhY
— Scottish Labour (@scottishlabour) June 22, 2018
11. End the scandal of holiday hunger by rolling out schemes like North Lanarkshire Council’s Food 365 across Scotland.
No child should be going hungry in modern Scotland.
— Scottish Labour (@scottishlabour) August 8, 2018
12. And opposing a divisive second independence referendum – which would mean an unprecedented decade of austerity for the people of Scotland.
Here’s what the SNP Cuts Commission would mean for Scotland. ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/UZI2BGZuRV
— Scottish Labour (@scottishlabour) August 15, 2018
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