Championing fair work

We’re committed to promoting good employment practices and fair pay in Scotland. Over the weekend there were encouraging figures from the Resolution Foundation which showed that, over the last two decades, pay in Scotland has grown faster than any other nation or region in the UK.

This positive news demonstrates that the work of the SNP in Government to tackle low pay and promote good working practices in Scotland is continuing to make a difference.


Our action on gender equality

As a party and in government we’re striving to ensure that no young girl grows up with the prospect of facing a glass ceiling that limits their ambitions.

Here’s some of action we’re taking to tackle gender inequality in the workplace and in politics.



Our action on mental health

Mental health is one of the biggest public health challenges we face in Scotland. With around one in three people affected by mental illness in any given year, the SNP Scottish Government has made improving mental health services a priority.


The Council Tax freeze explained

In tough financial times, the SNP in government has sought to provide relief to households by putting in place a freeze on increases in council tax.  Here’s what you need to know about the council tax freeze and how it works:


Making land ownership more transparent

Today I’m pleased to have announced that the Scottish Government is taking a major step forward in improving transparency of land ownership in Scotland.


Football clubs must increase fan involvement

As a lifelong fan of Scottish football I have witnessed first-hand the game’s many ups and downs.

It’s not so long ago that a place at the World Cup finals was almost taken for granted, and our clubs have often done well on the European stage.


Delivering a world class education system

Today I led a debate in the Scottish Parliament on delivering a world class education system.

The SNP has made improving our education system a key priority in government. Our approach so far has seen record Higher and Advanced Higher pass rates, with more of our young people going from school into work, training or additional education than at any time on record.


5 things you need to know about the fiscal framework

With the Scotland Bill set to devolve some limited tax powers to the Scottish Parliament, a new system of allocating money to Scotland needs to be agreed. The fiscal framework is what will become that new structure, and so getting it right is vitally important.

Here are the five key things you need to know about the fiscal framework:


SNP fully committed to recovery and protecting against future risk of flooding

Seeing first hand the damage done by the floods and severe weather in areas across Scotland in the last few weeks has been heartbreaking. After the wettest December on record, flooding has caused devastation and misery for many people. However, once again, Scotland’s communities have rallied together and shown real strength.

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