Patrick Grady

SNP plans to create more jobs and promote fair work

SNP Candidate for Glasgow North, Patrick Grady, has welcomed the launch of the SNP’s Jobs Manifesto – setting out how SNP MPs will support the creation of more and better paid jobs in Scotland and across the UK.

Launched by Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP, the Jobs Manifesto makes clear that the SNP will:

  • Force an end to Tory-Labour austerity cuts and support a modest public spending increase of 0.5 per cent to enable investment in jobs and public services
  • Support an increase in infrastructure investment, including pushing for HS2 to connect to Scotland with a high speed connection between Glasgow, Edinburgh and the north of England
  • Further support small businesses by continuing the SNP’s Small Business Bonus - currently benefitting 96,265 businesses in Scotland – and seeking to ensure small businesses are paid on time by pushing for prompt payment measures to be put into law
  • Make the strong case for Scotland to remain part of the EU to ensure our businesses continue to benefit from free trade with our European friends and allies
  • Increase the minimum wage to £8.70 per hour by 2020 to ensure that a fair day’s work is always rewarded with a fair day’s pay
  • Support an increase in the work allowance – helping those in work benefit from their earnings and tackling the scourge of in-work poverty
  • Encourage the UK Government to work cooperatively with business and employee organisations to boost industrial relations and bring about progressive workplace policies to boost our economy
  • Put an end to exploitative zero hours contracts
  • Deliver a further boost for childcare from 16 to 30 hours per week by the end of the next Scottish Parliament – saving just under £2,000 per child per year and allowing more parents to get back into work

Commenting, Mr Swinney said: “Hard working people have been let down for far too long by Westminster – and with both Labour and the Tories signed up to George Osborne’s plans for a further £30bn of cuts it is clear that things are only going to get worse. That’s exactly why we need to take a new, more progressive approach which puts working people first.

“That’s why we are proposing a modest 0.5 per cent increase in public spending, increased investment in infrastructure projects and support for SMEs to boost the economy and create more jobs.

“Austerity cuts have stopped our economy reaching its full potential for too long – holding back job creation and stifling growth. It couldn’t be clearer that we need to take a new direction and invest in the economy and jobs.

“But we are absolutely clear that creating jobs is only the first challenge – and that we need to do everything we can to ensure that work always pays. Far too many people in Scotland and across the UK are suffering from the scourge of in-work poverty – the very idea that people go out to work every day and still can’t make ends meet is nothing less than a disgrace.

“SNP MPs will ensure that Westminster is forced to take a different approach – promoting the principles behind Fair Work, abolishing exploitative zero hours contracts and supporting a minimum wage of £8.70 by 2020. And the SNP will support an increase in the Work Allowance – providing a major boost to the incomes of workers on low wages and making sure that work always pays."

Patrick Grady added: "Hard working people have been paying the price for Westminster’s failures for far too long. A strong team of SNP MPs will ensure we take a new, fairer, more progressive direction – not just creating jobs but ensuring that the principles of Fair Work are firmly on the agenda at Westminster for the first time in generations.”


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