Today we launched our manifesto for the 2017 General Election, setting out our plan to end austerity, strengthen Scotland’s hand in Brexit negotiations and ensure our right to choose our own future. Read the manifesto in full here.
Here are just some of the ways strong SNP voices will stand up for Scotland at Westminster.
An end to austerity
Our responsible plan to end austerity will release £118 billion over the period 2017-18 to 2021-22. This plan will get the deficit back under control, balance the budget and will see debt falling by the end of the Parliament. Read more here.
Strengthening Scotland’s hand in the Brexit negotiations
By giving the SNP a clear democratic mandate to demand a place for Scotland at the top table we can make the 80,000 jobs that rely on our place in the Single Market a key part of the UK’s Brexit negotiations. Read more here.
Protecting public services
We’ll demand an end to austerity – allowing the UK government to increase investment in the NHS far beyond their current plans. And we’ll vote to roll-back NHS privatisation in England. Read more here.
Fighting inequality and poverty
SNP MPs will vote against further cuts to social security. We’ll support the scrapping of the two child cap on tax credits, the Rape Clause and an end to the freeze on increases in benefit rates.
SNP MPs will vote to protect the Triple Lock on pensions, the mechanism that ensures the State Pension rises by the highest of inflation, earnings or 2.5 per cent. We will also continue to support the WASPI campaign in their fight to secure fairness for women who have been shortchanged on their State Pension. Get the facts here.
Tackling low pay
SNP MPs will support moves over the next Parliament to increase the Minimum Wage to the level of the real Living Wage.
Boosting jobs, growth and productivity
To create jobs, we propose a doubling of the Employment Allowance – the National Insurance discount that businesses receive when they increase employment. We’ll also back fair work by supporting the repeal of the Trade Union Act 2016 and a ban on exploitative zero-hours contracts.
Supporting Scotland’s right to make our own decisions
Scotland should have a choice about our future at the end of the Brexit process. A democratic mandate for a referendum was delivered at the Holyrood election last year. The Scottish Parliament has now underlined that mandate.
If the SNP wins a majority of Scottish seats, that would complete a triple lock, further reinforcing the democratic mandate which already exists. Any continued Tory attempts to block Scotland having a choice on our future would be democratically unsustainable. Read more here.
SNP MPs will build a cross-party coalition to scrap Trident as quickly and safely as possible. We will vote for the billions other Westminster parties are committing to renewing Trident to be spent on our public services.