Today, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has outlined the Scottish Government’s Programme for the Parliamentary term ahead. This is an ambitious policy programme to secure a fairer, greener Scotland, founded on doing politics and governance better.

The Programme commits billions of pounds to tackle the challenges and grasp the opportunities by reducing inequalities, protecting our public services and creating a green economic recovery where the people of Scotland are the priority.

Just some of the actions the Scottish Government is taking include:Putting Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands by aiming to secure a referendum on Scottish Independence within the current parliamentary session.

110,000 affordable homes – 70% of which for social rent.

£1.8 billion investment in making homes greener and easier to heat.

Scotrail to be taken into public ownership by March 2022.

Free bus travel for everyone under 22 year old.

A National Care Service to oversee local delivery of community health and social care, ensuring consistent and high standards and embedding the principles of fair work for care workers.

Abolishing all dental charges.

Doubling of the Scottish Child Payment.

Extending free school meals to ALL primary pupils.

Provide every child with an electronic device and online connection.

Introduce changes to how fireworks can be used and sold in Scotland to address the misuse of pyrotechnics.

Introduce the Miners’ Pardon Bill to provide a collective pardon for those convicted of certain offences during the 1984/85 miners’ strike.



The Scottish Government has announced its Programme for Government. These are not normal times, this is not a normal Programme for Government. We must take the necessary steps to rebuild an economy that is stronger, fairer and more sustainable.

We have an opportunity, not simply to go back to how things were, but to address many of the deep seated challenges our country faces. The Programme for Government 2020-21 is based on the Scottish Government’s determination to recover from this virus and deliver a fairer, greener and more prosperous Scotland for everyone.

📱 Launch of Protect Scotland – a proximity contact tracing app to support the test and protect programme.

👶 Incorporate the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots Law.

🏡 £10m Tenants’ Hardship Fund for renters.

👩‍💼 National Transition Training Fund to provide support for up to 10,000 people facing redundancy and unemployment.

👨‍💻 Scottish Youth Guarantee to ensure every young person has the opportunity of work, education, or training.

👵 Independent Review of adult social care.

👧 Open applications for the new Scottish Child Payment in November 2020, with the first payments made from the end of February 2021.

🚲 £500m for active travel infrastructure.

👨‍🏫 £135 million additional investment to ensure young people catch-up on any lost education, with funding to recruit 1400 additional teachers and 200 support staff.



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.