This year we opened the tallest bridge in the UK, delivered 22,000 baby boxes and seen more students gain a place at Scottish universities than ever before.
The list of SNP government achievements is long and wide-ranging. Here’s how we’ve kept Scotland moving forward in 2017.
- Health spending in Scotland reached a record level - over £13 billion in 2017.
- The £1.4 billion Queensferry Crossing opened in August, and was delivered £245 million below budget. The new crossing is the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world.
- 22,000 baby boxes have been delivered, supporting families with essentials for the first weeks and months of their lives.
- This year £120 million went direct to headteachers to raise attainment - contributing to a 543 increase in teacher numbers between 2016 and 2017.
- The number of people working in our health service is at a record high - increasing by 12,400 since 2007.
- Mental health investment reached £1 billion for the first time this year. And £150 million is being invested over the next five years to improve services and find better ways of working.
- The number of affordable homes delivered by the Scottish Government since 2007 passed the 71,000 mark - including 49,000 homes for social rent.
- Recorded crime is at a 43-year low.
We’ve met our target to reduce youth unemployment by 40 per cent - four years early - and it is now amongst the lowest rates in the EU.
- Around 100,000 business premises now pay no rates at all thanks to the Small Business Bonus scheme.
The number of registered businesses in Scotland has reached 176,400, the highest number on record.
Business research and development spend in Scotland grew by over £1 billion for the first time in 2017-18 - a 69 per cent real terms increase since 2007.
- 19 per cent more renewable electricity was generated in the first three quarters of 2017 than in the same period in 2016.
We have announced new plans to reduce carbon emissions by 66 per cent, compared to 1990 levels, by 2032 - and to legislate for a new statutory target for a 90 per cent reduction by 2050.
- We have committed £50 million in a new Ending Homelessness Together fund to support anti-homelessness initiatives and pilot new solutions to drive faster change.
- Scotland now has 1,000 real Living Wage accredited employers – one quarter of all accredited organisations in the UK.
- Since the start of the recession, productivity growth in Scotland has increased by 7.6 per cent, while it has grown by only 0.6 per cent in the UK as a whole.
Scotland’s international exports - valued at £28.7 billion in 2017 - are up 41 per cent under the SNP.
- The number of Scottish students getting a place at a university in Scotland is at an all-time high of 27,830.
In the last two years the number of young people from disadvantaged areas going to university has risen by 20 per cent, to record levels.
- We’re on track to deliver 250 km of new roads by Spring 2018 – the result of £2.81 billion of investment over the last decade.