Delivering progressive government this week

This week Theresa May’s dysfunctional government descended into farce. It’s clear that the Tory government is unable to even get on with the day job – far less deliver a fairer country.

In stark contrast, the SNP has been getting on with delivering progressive government for Scotland. Here’s how.

Scotland now has 1,000 real Living Wage accredited employers – one quarter of all accredited organisations in the UK.

A consultation has been published on an Education Bill that will reform education to empower schools, teachers and parents to improve education and the life chances of our children and young people. 

The Scottish Parliament has unanimously passed the Child Poverty Bill that will make Scotland the only part of the UK with statutory income-based child poverty targets.

The Scottish Parliament has passed SNP MSP Gillian Martin’s Seatbelts in School Transport Bill to keep our children and young people safe on school buses.

A consultation has been launched into reforming gender recognition law, ensuring our laws meet international best practice.

A consultation has been launched into a landmark Warm Homes Bill to reform fuel poverty targets and take new action to address the issue.

A Bill has been introduced to give an automatic pardon to men with convictions relating to same-sex sexual activity that should never have been illegal – and the First Minister has given them a public apology on behalf of the government.

Nicola Sturgeon has attending the British-Irish Council in Jersey and discussed the creative industries and Brexit negotiations.

New Scottish Government research has been published which shows that EU nationals working in Scotland contribute £4.4 billion a year to our economy.

£15 million of new funding – through the innovative Charitable Bond Investment Programme – has been made available for affordable housing and a £4 million loan fund has been established for people who want to build their own homes.

The First Minister has announced new feasibility studies into cross-border rail links that will work towards achieving a three hour journey time between Edinburgh and London.