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The key points of the Scottish National Party manifesto, launched on Monday by Nicola Sturgeon with the title “Stronger for Scotland”, include:

Economy and taxation

• Spending increase of 0.5 per cent a year will enable £140bn additional spending in the economy and public services

• Restoration of 50p tax rate for those earning over £150,000

• Cut in employers’ national insurance. Lobby for employers’ allowance raised from £2,000 to £6,000

• Bankers’ bonus tax

• Mansion tax

Employment and benefits

• Increase minimum wage to £8.70 by 2020

• Crackdown on zero hours contracts

• Opposition to a £3bn cut in disability support

• Retention of a triple lock on pensions


• The SNP will vote for an extra £24bn for the NHS in the UK by 2020-21. That would be equivalent to a real-terms increase of £9.5bn and a total increase for NHS Scotland of £2bn

• No further privatisation of NHS


• Would scrap Trident nuclear weapons system — £100bn claimed savings to be reinvested in education, child care and NHS


• Annual UK target of 100,000 affordable homes, and use additional capital investment to deliver a further expansion of housebuilding in Scotland.

• Cut in employers’ national insurance contributions to help smaller construction businesses take on and retain additional staff

• Immediate abolition of the spare room subsidy or “bedroom tax”


• Protect the winter fuel allowance

• EU referendum proposal that there should be a double majority requirement, whereby each of four constituent nations of the UK would have to vote for withdrawal before the UK as a whole could leave

• Responsibility for broadcasting in Scotland to transfer from Westminster to Holyrood

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