Scottish election: Scottish Labour manifesto

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Iain Gray holds Labour manifesto
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Labour's manifesto has been published

Scottish Labour has launched its manifesto for the 2011 Scottish Parliament election.

Here is a look at all the key pledges:


- Abolish youth unemployment in next parliament and create 250,000 jobs by end of decade.

- 10,000 work placements for unemployed young people through new Scottish Future Jobs Fund.

- New Scottish Living Wage of at least £7.15 an hour, beginning in the public sector.

- Guaranteed modern apprenticeship for every suitably qualified 16 to 18-year-old who wants one from 2013.

- Double value of exports over next decade.

- "Robust efficiency savings", including scrapping Council of Economic Advisors and the Scottish Futures Trust.

- Government funding to restart national volunteering scheme.

- Campaign to bring new Green Investment Bank headquarters to Scotland.

- Economic cabinet at heart of government, drawing on business, trade union and voluntary sector experience.

- Create up to 60,000 green jobs by 2015.

- No fundamental reform of Scottish Enterprise, but changes in priorities for the agency, and Highlands and Islands Enterprise retained as a separate entity.

- 5% of each government department's procurement budget set aside for innovation and drive down government spending on consultants.

- Guarantee to subject finance legislation and regulation to impact assessment.

- New "Plus One scheme" to help small businesses take on their first employee with support on personnel, payroll and legal issues.

- Continue small business bonus scheme.

- Appoint a "digital champion" to bring forward a strategy to improve broadband.

- Maintain parity with the English non-domestic poundage rate and seek to improve scheme.

- No income tax increase above rest of UK during next parliament.

- More visible bidding and tendering opportunities through public contracts procurement portal.

- Scottish government departments to pay 80% of supplier invoices within five, rather than 10, days.


- Improve grid connections between Scotland and the rest of the UK and Europe.

- New body, Energy Scotland, to drive forward plans to become a world leader in low carbon sector.

- 80% of energy to come from renewables by 2020.

- Renewable electricity generation opportunities for at least 10,000 homes.

- Double the value of Saltire prize on renewable energy innovation to £20m.

- Plans for new nuclear power stations "considered on merit", in terms of safety, environmental impact and community views.

- No new, non-replacement fossil fuel power stations without effective carbon capture and storage systems.

- Phase out diesel and petrol cars for government use, including ministerial cars, and replace them with greener hybrids.

- 10,000 electric vehicle charging points by 2015.

- 10% of trips made by bike by 2020.

- Explore restoration of Scotland's peat lands and support new tree planting.

- Support the proposals for Central Scotland Orchard.

- Ban animal snaring.


- Make VisitScotland lead tourism development agency and cut duplication with Scottish Enterprise.

- VisitScotland and EventScotland to deliver "See More of Scotland" campaign for visitors to events like the Commonwealth Games.


- Require those who dig up the roads to repair surface "timeously and to acceptable standards".

- Committed to deliver Aberdeen bypass, M8 Baillieston to Newhouse upgrade, and M74 Raith interchange.

- programme of continuous improvements to the A82, A1, A9, A77, A75, A95 and A96.

- Deliver new Forth road bridge and "empower" public to choose its name.

- Better use of inland waterways and improved links to ports, such as Grangemouth.

- Make the road equivalent tariff pilot permanent in Western Isles and will widen coverage to ferry services to the Clyde and the Argyll isles.

- Consider all options for the Scotrail franchise, including public and not for profit models and deliver free Wi-Fi and 3G mobile phone coverage as part of next contract.

- Reinstate Glasgow Airport Rail Link.

- Set up air route marketing fund, retain air discount scheme and back freight facilities grant.

- Sustain and extend concessionary travel.


- Specialised training for up to 1,000 teachers, to boost literacy and numeracy standards.

- Consult on Early Years Bill, to deliver support measures prior to birth and until age of three.

- No up-front or back-end tuition fees for Scottish students.

- Allow pupils to choose vocational subjects when making subject choices at S1 or S2 and establish First Class Fund, to help schools boost vocational education.

- Expand family centres.

- Improve number of hours of supported early education and care places.

- Scrap Scottish Futures Trust and explore all funding options to improve school buildings.

- "Zero-tolerance approach" to illiteracy and innumeracy.

- Every school to develop discipline code to tackle bullying and indiscipline, with records on incidents to be shared with parents.

- Work towards two hours' quality PE in every school.

- Introduce Commonwealth legacy schools, following Glasgow games.

- Musical instruments fund for schools.

- Give every young person right to quality training, stay in school or to go into further education until they are 18, by 2015.

- "Swift and effective action" to ensure vulnerable youngsters receive care and protection they deserve.


- No compulsory redundancies for NHS staff and protection for health service budget.

- Cut NHS boards under plan for "bold efficiency measures".

- Review NHS bonus schemes, performance-related pay and merit and distinction awards.

- Deliver National Care Service within the lifetime of the next parliament, to provide the right care at the right time.

- Right to see cancer specialist and get results within two weeks by 2015, halving current waiting time.

- Free swimming lessons for primary school children.

- Maintain A&E services at Monklands and Ayr hospitals.

- "Eliminate" superbugs in NHS.

- Abolish hospital parking charges possibly through PPP-owned and managed car parks.

- No reintroduction of prescription charges in Scotland.

- crack down on sale of alcohol to under 18s through greater use of test purchasing and encouraging bottle tagging.

- Limit the permitted levels of caffeine in pre-mixed alcoholic drinks linked to anti-social behaviour.

- Pilot alcohol treatment and testing orders.

- Tighten up the loopholes in legislation to prevent tobacco advertising on merchandise.

- Consult on the ban on smoking in cars carrying child-passengers.

- Deliver mental health strategy.


- Protect police officer numbers.

- Six-month mandatory minimum jail sentences for knife-carrying.

- Put victims first with Victims' Commissioner and charter of rights.

- Repeal "dangerous" plans to scrap the use of short prison sentences.

- Create single, national police force and single fire service.

- Renewed focus on improving the treatment of victims of rape in the justice system and possible reform to the need for corroboration in rape cases.

- Pilot the use of GPS satellite tracking technology for serious sex offenders on release from prison.

- Roll out "park ASBOs" and introduce drink banning orders.

- Support community payback for offenders with local people deciding on nature of work.

- Prisoners to undertake work or learning throughout their sentence.

- "Zero tolerance approach" to drugs in prisons including more random searches for prison visitors and prison wardens.

- Crack down on problem neighbours by linking short-term tenancies to tenancy agreements, so that unacceptable behaviour can lead to eviction.

- Legislation requiring private landlords to act against anti-social residents.

- Wide-ranging review of legal aid.

- Extend use of online crime maps, giving communities monthly access to information on the crimes committed in their area and what is being done to tackle it.

- Review Fatal Accident Inquiry legislation.

- Modernise civil justice system.

Public services

- New First Foot scheme to cut size of deposits on new properties to between 5-10%

- Champion volunteering, beginning by restarting ProjectScotland.

- Freeze council tax for the next two years, with no above-inflation rises thereafter.

- Consult tenants on how housing is provided.

- Require all property factors to comply with a code of conduct to end "nightmare" homeowners face at the hands of unscrupulous factors.

- Support communities to take ownership of derelict land or rundown properties and empty homes partnership to bring Scotland's 25,000 long-term empty homes back into use.

- End fuel poverty by 2016.

- Establish Fairer Scotland Commission, to consider the most effective action to tackle poverty, equality and social exclusion.

- Review recent changes to the planning system.

- Cut high earner pay in the public sector, starting with 5% reduction in all ministerial salaries.

Human rights

- End the "unjust" situation that has seen gay men previously prosecuted for consensual acts continue to suffer prejudice long after offences have been decriminalised.

- Give religious organisations freedom to hold civil partnerships in their buildings for the first time.

- Consult on genuine equality for same-sex couples by addressing the different status of civil partnership and marriage.


- New "Scottish Film Champion"

- Modernise library services to expand the provision of superfast broadband and e-book lending.

- Protect free admission to galleries and museums.

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