Scottish National Party policies

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An overview of the post-16 education manifesto commitments from Scottish National Party.

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Apprenticeships

  • Generate 125,000 new Modern Apprenticeships over the next 5 years
  • Bring apprenticeship minimum wage in line with national minimum wage (£6.86 by 2020)

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(83 votes. Average rating: 6.10 out of 10)
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Localism and devolution

  • Demand that the proposals of the Smith Commission are delivered quickly and in full
  • Prioritise devolution of powers over employment policy, including the minimum wage, welfare, business taxes, national insurance and equality policy
  • Work towards the prompt devolution of the Work Programme so that skills and employment policy can be better integrated

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(75 votes. Average rating: 5.87 out of 10)
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Further education, skills and adult learning

  • Expand the Education Maintenance Allowance to an additional 22,000 young people

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(123 votes. Average rating: 4.62 out of 10)
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Higher education

  • No tuition fees for students resident in Scotland and supportive of lower fees across UK
  • Seek reintroduction of the post-study work visa for two years following graduation

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(75 votes. Average rating: 5.93 out of 10)
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Immigration

  • Seek reintroduction of the post-study work visa for 2 years following graduation

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(131 votes. Average rating: 6.42 out of 10)
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Professional issues

  • Raise minimum wage to £8.70 by 2020
  • End exploitative zero hours contracts
  • Want control of National Insurance and personal tax allowance
  • Maintain "triple lock" on state pensions so they rise by the highest of inflation, earnings or 2.5%
  • Support for Single Tier Pension rate of £160 per week

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(95 votes. Average rating: 5.56 out of 10)
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Public funding

  • No tuition fees for Scottish students and supportive of lower fees across UK

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(121 votes. Average rating: 5.49 out of 10)
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Research & development

  • Tax incentives for research and development
  • Establishment of a new ministerial led Innovation Forum and supporting the network of Innovation Centres,

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(107 votes. Average rating: 4.40 out of 10)
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