A manifesto for Scotland

This manifesto is for you

A note from Jim Murphy

Scotland is desperate for change. We know the last few years haven’t been good enough. This manifesto sets out details of our plan. What we will do to make the change.

We believe in a successful and strong economy, where the benefits of wealth creation are felt by all. That’s why we will not only raise the minimum wage and promote the Living Wage, we will abolish exploitative zero-hours contracts.
We want people’s wages to go further so we will tackle the cost of living with a cap on rent rises and a freeze on energy bills.

We will put decency back into the welfare state by ending unfair targets for sanctions. We will abolish the bedroom tax and end the need for food banks in Scotland.

We will give hope again to our young people. We will tax bankers’ bonuses to guarantee a job and training for young people. We will keep university tuition free in Scotland and give the poorest students an extra £1000 on their bursaries. For those who don’t go into university, college or an apprenticeship we’ll invest £1,600 in their future.

We will protect the NHS by taxing tobacco companies, making sure hedge funds pay their fair share of tax and by introducing a Mansion Tax on properties worth over £2 million. For starters, we will use this money to employ a thousand more nurses in Scotland’s NHS.

We will devolve extensive new powers to the Scottish Parliament in Labour’s Home Rule Bill, making it one of the most powerful devolved Parliaments in the world. This will mean new powers over tax, jobs and welfare. It will also mean new powers over borrowing. We will set out how we will use these powers in the best interests of Scotland in the next year.

All this is only possible with an end to failed Tory austerity. We will make sure Scotland gets our fair share of the new investment a Labour Government will provide by keeping the Barnett formula that shares resources between South and North. We reject the SNP’s plan to cut Scotland off from taxes from across the rest of the UK and for all public services in Scotland to be paid for only by taxes in Scotland.

The way to guarantee change, to deliver the plan we set out here, and to guarantee that this failed Tory Government is sent packing, is to vote Scottish Labour.

Labour’s Manifesto Budget Responsibility Lock

Our manifesto begins with the Budget Responsibility Lock we offer the British people. It is the basis for all our plans in this manifesto, because it is by securing our national finances that we are able to secure the family finances of the working people of Britain.

The Budget Responsibility Lock guarantees that:

  • Every policy in this manifesto is paid for. Not one commitment requires additional borrowing. We are the first party to make that pledge, and with this manifesto it is delivered. We will legislate to require all major parties to have their manifesto commitments independently audited by the Office for Budget Responsibility.
  • A Labour government will cut the deficit every year. The first line of Labour’s first Budget will be: “This Budget cuts the deficit every year.” This manifesto sets out that we will only lay a Budget before the House of Commons that cuts the deficit every year, which the OBR will independently verify.
  • We will get national debt falling and a surplus on the current budget as soon as possible in the next parliament. This manifesto sets out that we will not compromise on this commitment.

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