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SNP manifesto

The Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) published its manifesto on 27 November 2019 for the election on 12 December 2019.

As the party is only contesting the 59 seats in Scotland and none of the other 591, it cannot form a government. The manifesto gives an idea of what it would demand to support a left-wing government. It has ruled out co-operating with the Conservatives.

GENERAL

  • A second referendum on Scottish independence in 2019
  • more powers devolved from Westminster until independence
  • not leaving the EU
  • scrapping Trident missile system

TAXATION

  • full control over taxes in Scotland
  • opposing any new tariffs on whisky, particularly on exports to USA
  • opposing any reductions in the top rates of tax
  • reducing employer's national insurance
  • opposing any increases in VAT
  • removing VAT from sanitary products
  • reviewing closure of tax offices in Scotland
  • freezing insurance premium tax
  • levy on technology companies to pay for a new regulator of social media, particularly to protect children
  • tax incentives to assist people to move to low carbon heating systems
  • reducing VAT on bicycles and low emission vehicles

EMPLOYMENT

  • devolution of employment law to Scotland
  • increasing maternity leave to one year
  • increasing maternity pay to 100% of earnings for 12 weeks, then 90% for the next 40 weeks (or £150 if lower)
  • increasing shared parental leave from 52 weeks to 64 weeks
  • providing an extra week of statutory paid leave for each week a baby is in neonatal care
  • extending the period for bringing an employment tribunal claim from three months to six months

WELFARE

  • keeping the triple lock on pensions
  • opposing any increase in state pension age
  • reinstating free TV licences for those over 75
  • scrapping the two-child limit on children's benefits
  • scrapping benefit sanctions
  • giving fathers the right to paid leave for six antenatal appointments

OTHER

  • capping energy bills
  • reform of company law to uncover the beneficial ownership of Scottish limited partnerships
  • capping credit card interest
  • measures to protect gift card money when a company ceases trading
  • opposing closure of banks, post offices and ATM machines
  • requiring a bank to pay money to the Post Office on the closure of the last bank in town
  • reaching zero net emissions by 2045. [19.11]
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