The economy

Investing in communities to support growth

Despite the economic challenges, we have been working to create jobs and protect family budgets. During our time in Government:

We have frozen council tax for eight years in a row, saving the average Band D taxpayer around £1682 by 2016/17.

The new Forth Crossing, which will ease congestion, cut journey times, and boost business, is on track and under budget.

We have delivered the Small Business Bonus, which has seen rates bills abolished or substantially reduced for more than 92 000 small businesses. 

We are establishing a Scottish Business Development Bank, to work directly with small and medium enterprises and the financial markets to support businesses with high growth potential in Scotland.

We have built more than 21 000 affordable new homes, creating jobs in the construction sector.

And, we’ve started 24 000 affordable homes - creating jobs in the construction sector.