First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, today outlined the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government demonstrating that the SNP is delivering for Scotland. The Programme included:
👪 The early introduction of the Best Start Grant – one of Scotland’s new Social Security payments – to support parents on low incomes which will be ready by Christmas 2019;
🏥 £20m in this Parliament to tackle issues associated with the use of illicit drugs to reduce harm and stop the rising number of drug deaths.
🗣️ Continuing to support mental health, with a 24/7 crisis support service for children and young people and their families;
🤰 Investing £5 million in a community mental health service for pregnant women and new mothers across Scotland;
🚌 Over £500m investment in bus prioritisation;
🤵👰 Men and women will be able to have civil partnerships rather than marriage in Scotland;
👦 The introduction of Disability Assistance for Children and Young People by summer 2020.
There is also progress on existing targets. By this time next year:
👶 80,000 families will be benefiting from more than 1000 hours of free childcare a year;
👩🔧 We will have delivered 30,000 modern apprenticeship starts;
🏘️ We will be even further on the way to delivering 50,000 affordable homes.