This year the people of Scotland will be asked to make significant decisions about the future of our country.
In May voters will determine the make-up of the Scottish Parliament and the next Scottish Government.
2016 could also bring Scots to the polling booths for a second time to join the rest of the UK in deciding whether the UK should remain a member of the European Union.
I initially became aware of this issue through constituents bringing it to my attention. Many women came forward to tell me that they had not had any notification of changes to their state pension age, and those who had received any information had found it conflicting and constantly changing.
Today sees the SNP’s first national Day of Action of the Scottish Parliament election campaign – as party members across the country kick off the year by taking our positive message directly to people in their communities.
We approach this year’s election in buoyant mood and excited about the opportunity to lead a great, national debate about how we keep Scotland moving forward.
The Scottish Government is encouraging people to continue checking local weather forecasts and travel information as parts of the country continue to be badly affected by recent flooding and bad weather.
Many communities are still clearing up after Storm Frank. However that clear-up has been hampered by further bad weather over the last few days.
One year ago this week the SNP introduced free school meals for all pupils in Primary 1 to 3.
Nicola Sturgeon has set out Scotland’s new National Improvement Framework alongside her aspiration for Scotland’s education system to be world leading.
The SNP are committed to having a Scottish education system which delivers excellence, aspiration and ambition. We want Scotland’s children to reach their full potential, and for this to be determined by aptitude and hard work, rather than by their circumstances or background.
Saturday 30 January, Crowne Plaza, Glasgow 10.00 – 16.00
Later this month, the SNP will be hosting our first ever conference specifically for disabled members.
Organised by disabled members, it’s an opportunity to nurture skills and encourage debate in a way that feels comfortable and in a space that empowers us.
As Parliament meets for the first time in 2016, Nicola Sturgeon has led a debate reviewing the progress made by the SNP in Government since 2007, and looking ahead to the future.
This year, 2016, will be another big and important year for Scotland.