SNP Manifesto 2011.pdf


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Promoted by Peter Murrell on behalf of SNP, both at 3 Jackson's Entry, Edinburgh EH8 8PJ. Printed by J. Thomson Colour Printers, 14 Carnoustie Place, Glasgow G5 8PB. Selected images in this publication are subject to Crown copyright.

WE HAVE FROZEN COUNCIL TAX FOR FOUR YEARS, SAVING THE AVERAGE FAMILY MORE THAN £300 • WE’VE
SLASHED OR ABOLISHED BUSINESS RATES FOR AROUND 80,000 SMALL SHOPS AND , PROTECTING JOBS
IN TOUGH TIMES • WE’VE PUT 1,000 MORE POLICE ON SCOTLAND’S STREETS, HELPING DRIVE RECORDED
CRIME DOWN TO ITS LOWEST LEVEL FOR 32 YEARS • WE’VE ABOLISHED PRESCRIPTION CHARGES, SAVING
PEOPLE WITH LONG-TERM ILLNESSES AN AVERAGE OF MORE THAN £180 • WE’VE RESTORED FREE HIGHER
EDUCATION BY ABOLISHING THE £2,300 GRADUATE ENDOWMENT - A BACK DOOR TUITION FEE •
WE’VE TRANSFORMED SCOTLAND INTO A WORLD LEADER IN GREEN ENERGY, WITH A RECORD
39 NEW RENEWABLE PROJECTS SINCE WE CAME TO POWER AND PIONEERING CLIMATE CHANGE
LEGISLATION • WE’VE REMOVED TOLLS ON THE FORTH AND TAY BRIDGES, SAVING COMMUTERS £184 A
YEAR ON CROSSING THE TAY AND £207 A YEAR ON CROSSING THE FORTH • OUR NATIONAL CONVERSATION
ON SCOTLAND’S FUTURE LED TO A WHITE PAPER AND DRAFT REFERENDUM BILL ON SCOTTISH
INDEPENDENCE • WE’VE KEPT HEALTHCARE LOCAL. THAT MEANS A&E UNITS HAVE BEEN SAVED,
CHILDREN’S CANCER HOSPITALS AND NEUROSURGERY UNITS PROTECTED AND MATERNITY UNITS KEPT
OPEN • WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO OFFER A RECORD-BREAKING 20,000 MODERN APPRENTICESHIPS THIS
YEAR ! THAT’S A MASSIVE 28 PER CENT INCREASE ON 2007 • WE’VE PROVIDED VITAL SUPPORT FOR THE
STAGING OF TWO OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST SPORTING EVENTS HERE IN SCOTLAND IN 2014 - THE
COMMONWEALTH GAMES IN GLASGOW AND THE RYDER CUP AT GLENEAGLES • WE’VE STARTED 24,000
AFFORDABLE HOUSES SINCE COMING INTO OFFICE IN 2007 ! THAT’S AN AVERAGE OF 117 NEW HOUSES
EVERY WEEK • WE’RE HELPING SOME OF THE WORLD’S POOREST PEOPLE BY DOUBLING THE
INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT BUDGET AND PROTECTING THAT CASH FROM UK CUTS • WE’VE CUT THE
NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND MINISTERS • WE’VE PROVIDED VALUABLE FUNDING TO
SECURE THE DUNDEE V&A, THE NEW BANNOCKBURN VISITOR CENTRE, AND THE CREATION OF THE ROBERT
BURNS BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM IN AYRSHIRE • OUR £10 MILLION PRIZE FOR MARINE ENERGY INNOVATION
AIMS TO MAKE SCOTLAND THE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD IN THIS EXCITING SECTOR OF RENEWABLE POWER
• WE’VE PROVIDED EXTRA FUNDING FOR SCOTLAND’S VETERAN CHARITIES AND ENSURED OUR EXSERVICEMEN RECEIVE PRIORITY TREATMENT IN THE NHS • OUR COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISERS HAS
PROVIDED INVALUABLE GUIDANCE TO THE SNP GOVERNMENT IN THESE TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES • WE’VE
ENCOURAGED THE PUBLIC TO SPEAK DIRECTLY TO THE SCOTTISH CABINET ABOUT ISSUES OF LOCAL AND
NATIONAL IMPORTANCE EACH SUMMER WITH A SERIES OF VISITS TO EVERY CORNER OF SCOTLAND •
WE’VE ESTABLISHED CREATIVE SCOTLAND AS A SINGLE, NATIONAL BODY FOR THE ARTS, CULTURE AND
CREATIVE INDUSTRIES • WE’VE PROTECTED SPENDING IN THE NHS WITH AN EXTRA £1.14 BILLION OVER
THE LAST FOUR YEARS TO SAFEGUARD FRONTLINE SERVICES ! THAT’S £2,800 FOR EVERY MAN, WOMAN
AND CHILD IN SCOTLAND • WE’VE REDUCED HOSPITAL WAITING TIMES TO A RECORD LOW FOR
OUTPATIENTS ! THEY ARE NOW 13 DAYS SHORTER THAN THEY WERE UNDER LABOUR. HOSPITAL INPATIENT
WAITING TIMES HAVE ALSO BEEN CUT DRAMATICALLY ! BY 19 DAYS COMPARED TO LABOUR • WE’VE
FUNDED 1,000 MORE CLEANERS IN THE NHS, HELPING ENSURE INFECTION IN SCOTTISH HOSPITALS IS NOW
AT AN ALL-TIME LOW • WE’VE BANNED IRRESPONSIBLE ALCOHOL DISCOUNTS IN SUPERMARKETS AND OFF
LICENCES ONE MILLION MORE SCOTS ARE REGISTERED WITH NHS DENTISTS UNDER OUR SNP
GOVERNMENT
! AN INCREASE OF A FIFTH • WE’VE MADE SURE OUR OLDER GENERATION IS PROPERLY
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CARED FOR BY INCREASING PAYMENTS FOR FREE PERSONAL AND NURSING CARE FOR THE FIRST TIME
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SINCE IT WAS INTRODUCED • WE’VE DELIVERED ON OUR AMBITIOUS CANCER TARGET WHICH MEANS
TREATMENT BEGINS WITHIN ONE MONTH OF A DECISION TO TREAT • WE’VE PROVIDED £840 MILLION TO
BUILD THE NEW SOUTH GLASGOW HOSPITAL • WE’VE CUT THE RISK FROM CERVICAL CANCER FOR THE