Nicola Sturgeon will today (Tuesday) urge Scottish voters to back the SNP as the only party with the experience to lead Scotland through the pandemic and into an economic recovery
Campaigning in Wigtown today, the SNP Leader will warn that Scotland cannot afford to leave key powers in the hands of the ‘job-destroying’ Tories at Westminster.
She will also highlight a number of key policies the SNP will take forward to support jobs during the recovery, including:
– £33bn in infrastructure projects over the next 5 years in our National Infrastructure Mission, directly supporting around 45,000 jobs and provide benefits across Scottish supply chains.
– Deliver a further 100,000 affordable homes over the next decade, backed by £3.5bn of investment over this parliament, which will support 14,000 jobs a year.
– £500m to support new jobs and re-skill people for the jobs of the future.
– A £100m Green Jobs fund, investing alongside businesses and organisations to support new and increased opportunities for green job creation across Scotland.
– A National Transition Training Fund to support workers whose jobs are at risk, and provide retraining opportunities for high tech, high skilled jobs, and the provision of green skills to support Scotland’s transition to net zero.
– A new £20m Rural Entrepreneur Fund, providing grants of up to £10,000 to support the creation of 2,000 new businesses.
– Maintain the Small Business Bonus Scheme for the lifetime of the parliament, under which 100,000 small businesses in Scotland pay no rates at all.
Nicola Sturgeon is expected to say:
“After a year which has tested all of us like never before, the election next Thursday is the most important in Scotland’s history – and the SNP is the only party offering serious and experienced leadership to take the country through the pandemic and build a recovery that works for everyone.
“Leading Scotland through the pandemic, I don’t pretend that we have got everything right – but I do know that we have learned and changed our approach as international understanding of this virus has developed – and we have a plan to build a sustainable recovery.
“Our investment plan for the next parliament has creating jobs at its heart – including £33bn in infrastructure investment, which will support 45,000 jobs, and our plan to deliver 100,000 homes over the next decade.
“We’ll also get Scotland’s economy ready for the future by investing in supporting the creation of greener jobs, or providing people whose current jobs are at risk with the opportunity to retrain in high-tech, high-skill and greener jobs.
“We’ve ensured that Scotland has the lowest business rates poundage in the UK and the most generous relief schemes, and we’ll maintain our Small Business Bonus Scheme, which has been a lifeline for many small businesses during the last few years, for the life of the next parliament.
“While the SNP is working to create jobs in Scotland, the Tories have gone out of their way to destroy jobs. They responded to the 2008 financial crisis by inflicting a decade of austerity on Scotland – right at the very time that they should have been investing.
“They dragged Scotland out of the EU against our will at the height of the pandemic – despite knowing full well that this would wreak havoc on people’s livelihoods.
“And Boris Johnson ignored repeated calls from the SNP to extend the furlough scheme rather than leaving people facing a cliff-edge – and belatedly only acted when it suited the economy south of the border. We will never know how many jobs could in Scotland could have been saved had he intervened earlier.