Skip to main content

23 April 2015SNP's election manifesto: Stronger for Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon large

You can read their full manifesto here.

You can read our blog on the SNP's manifesto here.

Key policies

  • A UK spending increase of 0.5% a year to allow at least £140bn extra investment in the economy and public services
  • An additional £9.5bn above inflation spending on the NHS across the UK by 2020/21
  • Backing for plans for an annual UK target of 100,000 affordable homes
  • An increase in the minimum wage to £8.70 by 2020
  • Restoration of the 50p top income tax rate for those earning more than £150,000
  • An increase in the Employment Allowance from £2,000 per business per year to £6,000
  • Oppose the £3bn cut in disability support
  • Retain the triple lock on pensions and protect the winter fuel allowance
  • Cancel the renewal of Trident nuclear missile system, based in Scotland

Austerity

  • "Modest" spending increases - 0.5% above inflation - in each year of the next parliament
  • Reduce the deficit and the national debt at a "slightly slower" rate
  • Restoration of the 50p tax rate for the highest earners, a mansion tax, and a bankers' bonus tax
  • Money from not renewing Trident to be invested in education, childcare and the NHS.

Health service

  • The running of the health service in Scotland is devolved to the Scottish government but the SNP says that funding decisions in England have a knock-on effect north of the border.
  • The SNP would vote for an increase in health spending across the UK of £24bn by 2020/21 - £9.5bn above inflation.
  • That would deliver a total increase to the budget of NHS Scotland of £2bn by 2020/21
  • SNP MPs would vote against any further privatisation of the NHS in England
  • They would back any moves to restore the NHS to a fully public service

Independence

  • Using SNP votes at Westminster to ensure the promises made during the referendum are delivered
  • Demand that the proposals of the Smith Commission on more powers for Scotland are delivered quickly and in full
  • Oppose any effort to undermine devolution
  • Seek agreement that the Scottish Parliament should move to "full financial responsibility"
  • Prioritise early devolution of powers over employment policy, including the minimum wage, welfare, business taxes, national insurance and equality policy

Older people

  • The SNP supports a single-tier pension of £160 per week
  • The "triple lock" should continue, guaranteeing that pensions will always rise by inflation, earnings or 2.5%
  • Protect the Winter Fuel Allowance
  • Oppose the abolition of Savings Credit
  • Seek a review of plans to increase the state pension age beyond 66

Childcare

  • Oppose plans for further cuts in child benefit and tax credits
  • Vote to increase benefits at least in line with CPI inflation
  • Support an increase in free childcare to 30 hours per week by 2020

Bedroom tax

  • Vote for the immediate abolition of the "bedroom tax"
  • Scottish government is spending £35m a year to compensate those affected
  • Savings would be invested in measures to tackle food poverty

Education

  • Guarantee continuation of free university education in Scotland
  • Support the reduction of tuition fees across the UK
  • Extend the availability of Educational Maintenance Allowance in Scotland

Europe

  • Opposing withdrawal from the European Union
  • Oppose a referendum on membership of the EU
  • If there is an EU referendum, seek to ensure Scotland cannot be taken out "against its will"

Immigration

  • It seeks the reintroduction of the post study work visa so foreign students educated in Scotland can make "a contribution to our economy"

Work

  • The SNP supports increases in the personal tax allowance
  • Would back a 20% increase in the Work Allowance - the amount people are allowed to earn before their benefit is cut
  • Supports tough action to end "exploitative" zero hours contracts.

Democratic reform

  • SNP MPs would vote for the abolition of the House of Lords
  • They would vote for the replacement of the first-past-the-post voting system with proportional representation

Others

  • Support for continuing the moratorium on fracking
  • Support lower energy bills for consumers by forcing energy companies to pass on lower energy prices
  • Increased investment through BBC Scotland so that a "fairer share" of the licence fee is spent in Scotland
  • Back budget plans to invest more in the infrastructure of Scotland and the north of England, including the commissioning of high speed rail linking Glasgow, Edinburgh and the north of England
  • Use influence at Westminster to ensure the UK matches Scotland's "ambitious" commitments to carbon reduction