Scottish National Party Policies and Manifesto Details

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Scottish National are in favour of the following policies:

We will protect the Small Business Bonus, ensuring £450 million of support for the small businesses that form the lifeblood of local economies. The small business bonus has saved jobs in the downturn and create jobs in the recovery.

Food & Drink - We know this is an area of huge potential for Scotland and we will work to deliver higher value for Scottish food producers and further increase revenues and exports.

Government must not stand in the way of farm and rural businesses and so we will further co-ordinate inspections as we work towards a one visit approach.

We'll keep the Small Business Bonus, so 80,000 Scottish businesses continue to pay no rates or lower rates. The Small Business Bonus has protected local jobs in the downturn and will create jobs as our economy recovers.

Source: Scottish National party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Scottish National are in favour of the following policies:

Our commitment is to keep the 1000 extra police in our communities. We know this is essential if we are to keep crime rates falling.

Taking more ill-gotten gains from the criminals - We are extending the Cashback for Communities scheme. The law is being changed to let us take more money from more criminals and that extra cash will be invested in our communities.

We will introduce new Serious Crime Prevention Orders allowing us to restrict the activities of people involved in serious and organised crime.

We all know that cheap booze is a root cause of too much crime and anti-social behaviour. Our plans for minimum pricing will reduce the flow of the cheap alcohol and make our town centres and neighbourhoods safer and more pleasant places to live.

We will extend the successful schemes that have seen a 30% reduction in knife crime in Scotland since 2007 and support the ground-breaking police efforts to tackle gang violence.

The SNP supports effective tools such as the European arrest Warrant.

Source: Scottish National party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Scottish National are in favour of the following policies:

The Scottish National Party (SNP) is challenging the UK parties to make a commitment against cuts to conventional defence spending, manpower and bases in Scotland.

Our opposition to the Trident nuclear missile s y stem and its planned replacement remains firm - there is no place for these weapons in Scotland and we will continue to press the UK government to scrap Trident and cancel its replacement.

Conference calls for a Scottish Defence Review to look at all aspects of defence policy, from strategy to the structure of the armed forces, funding and equipment; notes that past reviews have failed to properly anticipate new trends and circumstances; expresses concern that more than 9,500 defence jobs have been lost in Scotland since Labour came to power in 1997, as well as a litany of base closures and regimental amalgamations; further expresses concern that, between 2002 and 2006 alone, the total accumulated defence underspend in Scotland - ie comparing our share of UK defence spending with population share - was a mammoth £4.363 billion; notes that Scottish taxpayers are disproportionately contributing huge sums towards the UK Ministry of Defence, at the same time as the UK's conventional defence footprint in Scotland is disappearing at an unprecedented rate; believes that the analysis of a Scottish Defence Review would demonstrate the modern benefits and opportunities offered by independence.

Source: http://www.snp.org/media-centre/news/2010/mar/championing-scotlands-defence

Source: Scottish National party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Scottish National are in favour of the following policies:

SNP oppose the plans outlined in the Infrastructure Bill that would allow oil & gas drilling, and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) underneath peoples homes without consent.

Support for an international bank tax, as well as limits to industry bonuses.

We will protect the Small Business Bonus, ensuring £450 million of support for the small businesses that form the lifeblood of local economies. The small business bonus has saved jobs in the downturn and create jobs in the recovery.

We will provide support for 125,000 modern apprenticeships over the lifetime of the Parliament and a commitment that every 16-19 year old in Scotland not in work, part of a Modern Apprenticeship scheme or receiving education is offered a learning or training opportunity.

At a time of inflation, higher VAT and sky-high fuel prices we will continue to protect family budgets here in Scotland by freezing the Council Tax.

Source: Scottish National party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Scottish National are in favour of the following policies:

We will introduce a new Early Years Fund so we can expand community based provision for pre-school and the very earliest years of life.

We are committed to a new phase of school building across Scotland as we work to lift all Scottish school children out of the worst condition schools.

We want to see local schools and their communities take more responsibility for our children's education. That will mean, for example, a greater role for head teachers.

We are bringing in a new legal limit on primary 1 classes in August and are committed to a progressive reduction in class sizes starting with the early years.

We are committed to maintaining this better teacher-pupil ratio and over time improving it.

Source: Scottish National party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Scottish National are in favour of the following policies:

Tough action against corporate polluters.

Public accountability of the oil companies.

No return to nuclear energy, close all nuclear plants.

Stop the import and export of nuclear waste and the dumping of it on third world countries.

The introduction of clean-burn technologies into fossil fuelled power stations.

Increased public investment to make homes energy efficient.

Bring the water industry back into public ownership under democratic control; invest in a clean-up of rivers lakes and sea.

High quality recycling facilities to maximise recycling, no new incinerators.

Stop the commercial use of GM foods; a moratorium on trials pending further research.

We will build on the popular and effective Climate Challenge fund to encourage more towns, villages, neighbourhoods or streets to come together to make their community a low carbon community.

We will introduce Green Skills Academies, to ensure we have the right green skills mix for the future.

We will plant millions of new trees, protect our peatlands and protect and expand our marine carbon sinks as ways of rebalancing Scotland's carbon account.

Emergency steps to reduce the use of fossil fuels, alongside massively increased investment in sustainable energy including solar, biological and wind and wave power.

Scotland is leading the world in offshore renewable technologies and the SNP will continue to support the rapid growth of this sector. The National Renewables Infrastructure Fund will help leverage private investment into Renewables, part of over £200 million of investment in Renewables.

Source: Scottish National party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Scottish National are in favour of the following policies:

We will seek to: Improve the internal market and promote sustainable Scottish jobs

Maximise the opportunities for Scottish companies

Co-operate with other countries on organised crime and terrorism

Promote progressive policies to help build better societies

Help Scottish citizens to live and work across the EU

We will not seek membership of either the Eurozone or the Schengen area. We will retain sterling as our currency and remain a member of the common Travel area.

The SNP will work with other progressive voices in the European Parliament to ensure that economic recovery is built on a strong foundation of social justice.

We believe that workers’ rights should be safeguarded and that equality should be at the heart of all EU policy.

The SNP will work to promote EU policies aimed at improving the lives of Scotland’s younger generations.

Legislation should be passed by the EU to complete the single market and remove remaining trade barriers between member states. We are particularly keen that Scottish businesses are able to benefit from the freedom to provide services but are equally convinced that public services should remain free from a privatisation agenda.

We believe that the EU should be ambitious in driving forward initiatives on environmental protection and climate change, with the role of member states enhanced. There should be greater flexibility in target setting and coherence across policies.

We are seeking structural reform of the Emissions Trading System and want to encourage EU action on developing new technologies such as offshore wind, marine energy, carbon capture and storage, and energy storage in general.

Source: Scottish National party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Scottish National are in favour of the following policies:

At a time of inflation, higher VAT and sky-high fuel prices we will continue to protect family budgets here in Scotland by freezing the Council Tax.

We have also removed prescription charges, saving people with long-term health conditions £180.

We support a rapid expansion of high speed broadband across Scotland so that people in rural Scotland can share fully in the digital age.

Source: Scottish National party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Scottish National are in favour of the following policies:

Source: Scottish National party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Scottish National are in favour of the following policies:

We are protecting spending in the NHS over the next few years - with an additional £826 million to the health revenue budget, allowing us to continue efforts to improve healthcare in Scotland.

We will deliver an 18 week referral to treatment standard, ensuring prompt and effective diagnosis.

One stop cancer diagnosis - As part of our plans to ensure shorter cancer waiting times.

We have set up a new watchdog to keep our wards clean and will use this to build on the recent big falls in hospital acquired infections.

More flexible access to healthcare - We want services to more closely reflect the realities of family and working life.

Source: Scottish National party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Scottish National are in favour of the following policies:

We have reaffirmed our commitment to social housing and thanks to support from the Scottish Government; councils are now building more houses than at any time since the early 1990s.

We intend to build 30,000 new homes over the lifetime of this Parliament.

Source: Scottish National party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Scottish National are in favour of the following policies:

The SNP would allow a devolved government to have complete control over immigration into Scotland, and to introduce a system similar to Canada to attract highly-skilled immigrants.

While the Scottish Government wants to see Scotland with a positive and effective immigration policy- as things stand we are hamstrung by the policies of a Westminster establishment engaged in a race to the right in an attempt to outflank UKIP and which is putting economic growth and our international reputation at risk as a result. - SNP MSP Christian Allard

Scotland needs an immigration policy which suits our economic needs, and keeps up with the likes of Canada, Australia, Germany and New Zealand who all have explicit strategies to bring in talent to the benefit of their economies. - SNP home affairs spokesperson Pete Wishard MP.

The Scottish National Party say they would 'celebrate' more people arriving from overseas, reversing what they claim is years of 'depopulation'. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2759128/An-independent-Scotland-celebrate-soaring-immigration-How-SNP-s-plan-open-borders-24-000-year-offer-backdoor-England.html

Source: Scottish National party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Scottish National are in favour of the following policies:

A cheap and integrated transport system to provide an alternative to car use, making the current road-building programme unnecessary.

End the £9 billion tax-break to the airlines.

We will invest in the electrification of the central Scotland rail network, reducing journey times between Glasgow and Edinburgh to just over 30 minutes.

Our investment in the rail network will deliver shorter journey times between Scotland's cities including faster times from Inverness and Aberdeen to the central belt and journeys of just over 30 minutes from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

Work will soon start on the crucial Forth Replacement Crossing. This is an essential project for Scotland's economy and will also create thousands of new jobs.

We are increasing the budgets for low carbon transport and will support the creation of the infrastructure for electric vehicles and continue to expand the number of 'park and rides'.

Improvements for commuters - Our actions are designed to make the commute easier for thousands of Scots with faster and more frequent rail services into our major cities and improvements to our road network to remove bottlenecks.

We will begin the electrification of much of Scotland's rail network, delivering big carbon savings and with faster journey times encouraging more Scots to leave the car behind.

Source: Scottish National party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Scottish National are in favour of the following policies:

Source: Scottish National party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Scottish National are in favour of the following policies:

We will provide support for 125,000 modern apprenticeships over the lifetime of the Parliament and a commitment that every 16-19 year old in Scotland not in work, part of a Modern Apprenticeship scheme or receiving education is offered a learning or training opportunity.

We'll deliver 100,000 training opportunities each year for young Scots, including 25,000 modern apprenticeships.

Source: Scottish National party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

Scottish National are in favour of the following policies:

We will continue to support the work of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his efforts through the Nuclear Weapons Convention to eradicate nuclear, chemical and biological weapons across the planet.

Scotland has responsibilities in the wider world and so we will continue and protect our current level of investment in international development. We are proud of the work under taken through our International Development Fund. It is making a difference to the lives of many people across the world. We will increase our efforts to support developing nations as they respond to the challenges of climate change. We have heard the calls from many for Scotland to create a Climate Adaptation Fund. Given the pressures on the Scottish Government's budget we will work with partners in business, charitable foundations and non-governmental organisations so we can co-ordinate efforts to build a Scotland-wide climate adaptation fund.

We will continue to update and implement our China and South Asia engagement plans with a focus on business, trade, education, culture, science and tourism.

We will also seek an enhanced role for Scotland in Europe including through the Scotland Europa Office in Brussels and continue to support the effective network of SDI offices.

Source: Scottish National party website, existing manifesto or officially-published policies.

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