Scottish National Party priorities

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"We support a big increase in NHS spending in Scotland, and across the UK”

An at-a-glance guide

The Scottish National Party’s (SNP) manifesto pledged to:


  • Meet the NHS funding challenge laid down in the Five Year Forward View
  • Vote for an increase in NHS spending across the UK of £24 billion by 2020/21  £9.5 billion above inflation. This would deliver a total increase to the budget of NHS Scotland of £2 billion by 2020/21.
  • Oppose further spending cuts.
  • Propose modest spending increases – of 0.5 per cent above inflation  in each year of the next Parliament.
  • Invest an additional £140 billion across the UK to invest in skills and infrastructure, the NHS and other public services

Private sector involvement

  • Vote against any further privatisation of the NHS in England. 

Support for disabled people and carers

  • Vote to block plans to cut Disability Living Allowance by £3 billion across the UK by 2017/18.
  • Support an increase in Carer’s Allowance so that it matches Jobseekers' Allowance. Those in receipt of Carer’s Allowance will benefit by almost £600 per year.

Political parties' plans

Find out about Labour, Conservative, Green PartyUKIP and Plaid Cymru plans for health and social care.

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