Last weekend the SNP launched our manifesto for Moray.
We are putting forward a fantastic team who will deliver strong leadership for Moray. Our candidates come from a wide variety of backgrounds - from mental health care to the oil industry - and over 50 per cent of our candidates are women.
Our manifesto sets out our vision for Moray - to deliver fairer, more prosperous communities, where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.
The best possible start in life
Our key priority is ensuring children in Moray receive the best possible start in life. We will work to improve the school estate, and provide children and teachers in Moray with better environments in which to learn and teach.
Schools in Moray will receive almost £1.3 million from the Scottish Government’s Pupil Equity Funding scheme, to be spent by teachers in ways they decide to help close the attainment gap in their schools.
Rural schools play a major part, not just in the education of Moray’s young people, but to the viability of rural communities. A presumption against closure of rural schools will be maintained, except on educational grounds. And, we’ll look for innovative ways of attracting teachers to Moray.
Funding from the SNP Government has meant that 3,700 affordable houses have been built in Moray. An SNP-led Moray Council will work with local developers, registered social landlords and the Scottish Government to ensure Moray gains maximum benefit from the delivery of the Government’s target of building 50,000 affordable houses by 2021, and expand the number of council houses to tackle housing waiting lists.
Supporting our business community
The SNP will continue to support small businesses in Moray by promoting the Small Business Bonus Scheme, and explore options for a transitional rates relief scheme to help businesses from rates increases. And, we’ll support traditional sectors such as fishing, farming and forestry.
Protecting our communities
The SNP Government has invested over £120 million in Moray to deliver flood schemes in Elgin, Forres, Rothes and Newmill. A Moray SNP led council will continue to investigate and explore the benefits of smaller flood schemes throughout Moray.
The SNP in Moray will bring strong leadership, innovation and proper financial stewardship of Moray Council. Vote SNP on May 4 for a fairer, more prosperous Moray.