‘Support Unite’s Care’ Campaign Response

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The SNP and I value and are deeply grateful for the hard work and commitment of all carers. Supporting care workers has been a priority for the SNP both before and during the pandemic. If re-elected, the SNP will create a National Care Service. The SNP will also introduce a National Wage for carers, to ensure that the value of the wages of our social care workforce better reflects the value of the work they do. The SNP has a proud record of delivering progressive policies in Government to take Scotland forward and build a fairer society. Since October 2016, the SNP Scottish Government has provided funding to enable adult social care workers to be paid the real living wage for waking hours. During 2018/19, this was extended to include those…
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‘Humanist Manifesto’ Campaign Response

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Scotland is a tolerant modern country and I am committed to helping build a society which respects freedom of thought, religion and belief, including non-religious beliefs. Scotland is leading the world on tackling the twin crises of climate change and ecological decline and the SNP are proud to have the most ambitious legal framework for emissions reduction in the world. In December, the SNP Scottish Government updated its Climate Change Plan with more than 100 new policies, putting Scotland on a pathway to meet its emissions targets over the period to 2032, and helping to achieve a just transition to net zero by 2045. Just transition principles, and the importance of equity, engagement and planning, are being embedded across government policy. This includes the Emerging Energy Technologies Fund which will…
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‘Marie Curie’ Campaign Response

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If re-elected, the SNP will immediately begin work on introducing a National Care Service, to deliver better and more consistent care across the country - as well as a National Wage for care staff. Providing high quality, person centred care for people towards the end of life is an important priority for me and the SNP. I believe that good care at the end of life requires collaborative, multi-disciplinary support, which is why Integration Authorities have been given statutory responsibility for meeting this need. Due to the challenges associated with the pandemic, we are seeing more people being cared for in community and homely settings. That is why last year the SNP Government provided additional resource to Integration Authorities to help ensure that those being cared for in the community, including…
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‘Epilepsy Scotland’ Campaign Response

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The SNP remain committed to improving neurological care and support in Scotland, including for people with epilepsy. There are a number of challenges that neurological conditions present the health and social care system and, while much has been achieved and is being done to address this, more can always be done. That is why the SNP Government published a five-year action plan, running until 2025, to support people with a neurological condition. The action plan, supported by £4.5 million, contains five overarching aims and 17 commitments to support improvements that span health and social care. The action plan, which was developed with the neurological community, will ensure people get access to personalised care and support regardless of their particular condition or where in Scotland they live. The plan also aims…
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‘GMB Scotland – Councils and Equal Pay’ Campaign Response

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I believe that pay discrimination is unacceptable and equal pay claims should be settled as quickly as possible.  If re-elected, the SNP would encourage all parties to settle claims quickly and amicably. Councils, including the local Labour Party run West Lothian Council, are independent bodies and so it is for the council itself to resolve the claims. Therefore, we would expect this to be done in a way that is fair both to the claimants and to the council’s wider electorate. Fiona Hyslop
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‘More for Scotland’s Animals’ Campaign Response

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The SNP takes the issue of animal welfare very seriously and has delivered a number of improvements to animal welfare in recent years. Most recently, the Animals and Wildlife (Scotland) Act 2020 increased the available penalties for the most serious offences against kept animals and wildlife.  Legislation for a modern licensing system for dog, cat and rabbit breeders, pet sellers, animal sanctuaries and animal rehoming activities was approved by the Scottish Parliament in February. The regulations also end the third-party sale of puppies and kittens.  From 1 July 2021, CCTV coverage will be mandatory for all areas where live animals are present. With a focus on the pandemic, the SNP Government were not able to bring forward the proposed fox control Bill in the timetable originally planned. However, we remain…
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‘Mental Health Foundation Pledge – SAMH – Scotland’s Mental Health Partnership’ Campaign Response

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I fully recognise that the past year of the coronavirus pandemic has had an immense strain on our mental health. Therefore, the SNP will remobilise, strengthen and protect our NHS. If re-elected, we will significantly expand community mental health services.  Investment in and reform of mental health services, especially for children and young people, was already a pre-pandemic priority for the SNP. The stress and trauma of Covid-19 has made that support even more necessary and urgent. The SNP has committed to more than doubling the budget for mental health and autism in the coming financial year in comparison to the 2020/21 budget. This will take the total anticipated spend on mental health in 2021/22 to in excess of £1.2 billion.  Additionally, in response to the mental health impacts of…
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‘Ban the Bomb – More Peaceful Scotland’ Campaign Response

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The Scottish Government and its enterprise agencies do not provide funding for the manufacture of munitions. Its agencies’ support is focused solely on helping firms to diversify and to develop non-military applications for their technology. This has included investment supporting opportunities in blue-light and civilian markets, such as through radars for civilian search and rescue missions. With over 16,000 employees, the aerospace, defence and shipbuilding sectors, make an important contribution to the Scottish economy - however, the UK Government is responsible for setting an ethical arms export policy which is something that they have shamefully refused to do.  With over 16,000 employees, the aerospace, defence and shipbuilding sectors, make an important contribution to the Scottish economy - however, the SNP believes this must be carried out in the context of an ethical arms…
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‘Stand Up For Unpaid Carers in the Scottish Parliament to Deliver Better Support’ Campaign Response

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The SNP values and is deeply grateful for the hard work and commitment of all carers. Supporting unpaid carers has been a priority for the SNP both before and during the pandemic. The SNP are in regular contact with carer representatives to make sure we understand carers’ concerns and can act accordingly. The local voluntary organisation, West Lothian Carers, has been invaluable in the advice and support they provide, and I keep in regular contact with them. They were one of the first organisations in Scotland to introduce Young Carers support services, which have now expanded across Scotland - inspired by the powerful work here in West Lothian. If re-elected, the SNP will create a National Care Service, scrapping non-residential care charges and introducing a National Wage for carers. The…
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Hyslop Welcomes SNP Commitment to Build 100,000 Homes and Support 14,000 Jobs

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Fiona Hyslop MSP has welcomed a commitment by the SNP to deliver 100,000 affordable homes in Scotland by 2032, if the party is re-elected in May. The Housing to 2040 plan will create 14,000 jobs and invest £16 billion in housing infrastructure across Scotland, including in West Lothian. Key plans from the scheme include: delivering 100,000 more affordable homes by 2032, with at least 70% of these being for social rentsetting a single set of standards for housing quality and accessibilityestablishing a new fund to help local authorities bring empty homes back into residential useending homelessness and rough sleeping once and for alldecarbonising heating in all homes in line with Scotland’s climate ambitions Fiona commented, “This is a big announcement from the SNP Government. Committing to deliver 100,000 affordable homes…
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