Does the SNP support public ownership?

Under successive Labour and Tory UK governments, Scotland was denied the power to allow a public-sector bid for rail franchises in Scotland. The SNP fought for and won that power. We are now taking forward our manifesto commitment to ensuring a public sector bid for future rail franchises. 


We will also introduce a Transport Bill, which will give local authorities the power to run publicly-owned bus franchises – as already exists in Edinburgh.


Scottish Water is already in public hands – and we are committed to keeping it that way. Scottish Water is investing in essential infrastructure, while delivering water and sewerage charges that are, on average, £38 lower than in England and Wales.


And we are committed to establishing a publicly-owned energy company for Scotland. 

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