How will the SNP use the new powers from the Scotland Act 2016?

In the next Parliament we will use these powers to better serve the interests of all of Scotland. We will:-

  • Use new tax powers to support economic growth, invest in public services and protect people on low incomes
  • Abolish the Bedroom Tax
  • Establish a Social Security Agency with fairness and dignity at its heart
  • Increase Carer’s Allowance to the same level as Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Introduce flexibility over when and how Universal Credit payments are made
  • Restore Housing Benefit for 18-21 year olds
  • Ensure local communities are able to benefit directly from the coastal resources of the Crown Estate
  • Enable public sector operators to bid for future rail franchises
  • Develop a Consumer Rights policy and establish Consumer Scotland to protects consumers not companies
  • Abolish fees for Employment Tribunals