While Westminster descends ever deeper into chaos, with the Brexit deal vote postponed and the Tory party in disarray, the SNP is getting on with the business of governing Scotland.
Here are just some ways we’re continuing to take Scotland on a path of progress:
1) We’re creating a record number of jobs
We’re working with businesses, empowering entrepreneurship and fostering an economy fit for the future.
As a result, unemployment in Scotland has fallen to 3.7% – the lowest rate on record. This also means that Scotland has the lowest unemployment rate in the UK.
— ScotGovEconomy (@scotgoveconomy) December 11, 2018
2) We’re delivering affordable homes across the country
Making sure everyone has a safe, warm and affordable home is central to our drive for a fairer, more prosperous Scotland.
Since taking office in 2007, the SNP has delivered over 80,000 affordable homes. And we’re not stopping here: we have an ambitious target to deliver at least 50,000 high-quality affordable homes – including 35,000 for social rent – during the course of this Parliament.
Per head of population, 50% more affordable homes and more than five times as many social rented properties exist in Scotland compared to England.
. @KevinStewartSNP comments on latest figures that show a 21 percent rise in the number of #affordablehomes delivered in Scotland during the last year https://t.co/C5zx4dKPxx pic.twitter.com/AwP2jtyr5B
— Scot Gov Fairer (@ScotGovFairer) December 11, 2018
3) We’re giving babies the best start in life
On top of the Baby Box, which provides essential items for the earliest stages in life and is available to every child born in Scotland, we’re now accepting applications for the Best Start Grant.
These payouts are available to mothers who are past 24 weeks in their pregnancy, or have babies under 6 months, and receive welfare benefits.
👶 @SocSecScot has just taken first Pregnancy and Baby Payment application by phone – others already in online. If you’re past 24 weeks in your pregnancy or have baby under 6 months and are on benefits call free to apply.
☎️ Call 0800 182 2222 and you could be paid by Christmas. pic.twitter.com/jyxj2HT7W2
— The SNP (@theSNP) December 10, 2018
4) We’re refurbishing schools and increasing the number of teachers
This year alone, there are 447 more teachers, and we now have the highest number of teachers since 2010. We’re also refurbishing schools at a record rate: 96 schools across Scotland were built or substantially refurbished in 2018.
Meanwhile, the proportion of primary pupils achieving the targets in listening, talking, reading, writing and numeracy is higher than last year. This coincides with the first year of our £120m Pupil Equity Fund, and demonstrates the impact of our investment in schools and in teachers.
Teacher levels are high and our schools have never been in better condition.
— ScotGov Education (@ScotGovEdu) December 11, 2018
5) We’re taking bold steps to tackle homelessness
Everyone deserves a safe and warm place to sleep this winter. That’s why we recently announced £370,000 of extra funding to support those facing rough sleeping, which will help more people into temporary accommodation.
Since 2007, we have made huge progress in tackling homelessness and Scotland now has some of the strongest rights for homeless people in the world. However, there’s still lots more to do and we have set out our ambitious and detailed 5-year action plan for homelessness.
🏠 Everyone deserves a safe and warm place to sleep this winter. pic.twitter.com/VRnLt7HjHc
— The SNP (@theSNP) November 30, 2018
6) We’re supporting world-class research and innovation at our universities
Scotland has the highest proportion of global top-200 universities, with the exception of Switzerland. And for as long as we’re in government, we pledge to keep university education free. We fundamentally believe that everyone, regardless of their background, should be able to benefit from university and college education.
Our global reputation is enhanced by European research funding, and as Brexit threatens research projects, the Scottish Government is standing up for Scottish universities in the heart of Brussels.
Scotland has a global reputation for scientific excellence underpinned by 558 million euros of funding from Horizon 2020. There is no guarantee that such financial support will continue after #Brexit. @RichardLochhead and partners are making Scotland’s case today in Brussels. pic.twitter.com/SpDUqfms9M
— ScotGov Education (@ScotGovEdu) December 10, 2018
7) We’re protecting our forests and taking the lead on tackling climate change
A week after Nicola Sturgeon received wide-ranging international praise for Scottish environmental policy at the COP24 summit in Katowice, the Scottish Government committed to a global ambition to restore landscapes and forests.
The First Minister committed to the Bonn Challenge, which aims to regenerate 350 million hectares of deforested and degraded landscapes by 2030. Restoring natural landscapes will benefit people and the environment, and we hope that Scotland’s leadership will galvanise other governments to support reforestation.
Scotland signs up to global forestry pledge. @ScotGovFM and @BiancaJagger joined forces for the Bonn Challenge which aims to regenerate deforested and degraded landscapes. https://t.co/NHbSsShRkY pic.twitter.com/BcYZFCMXVw
— Forestry Commission (@FCScotlandNews) December 11, 2018