Kezia Dugdale today called on the SNP to focus on the bread and butter issues of government as she set out an alternative legislative agenda.

Labour’s alternative Programme for Government comes ahead of the start of the new Parliamentary session next week. Kezia Dugdale set out a series of Bills that she believes the SNP should include in their legislative programme when it is announced.

Underpinning this entire agenda is a call for the SNP to stop the cuts to public services in Scotland by using the tax powers of the Scottish Parliament.

Labour’s priorities include:

  • An Education Bill, to close the gap between the richest and poorest children in schools and invest in breakfast clubs
  • A Bill to ban fracking outright in Scotland
  • A Health and Social Care Bill, establishing a National Guarantee for care workers to ease pressure on NHS services
  • An Anti-Poverty Bill, properly implementing all the recommendations of the Eisenstadt Report
  • A Bill to regulate bus services
  • A Refugee Integration Bill

Kezia Dugdale said:

“One hundred and nineteen days ago, the SNP was elected again as Scotland’s Government for a third term and Nicola Sturgeon was given a personal mandate by the Scottish people to serve as Scotland’s First Minister.

We were promised a bold and radical programme for Government, but one hundred and nineteen days on we are still waiting to see the Government’s plans.

When people ask me what difference a Labour Government would make here in Scotland, I ask them to look just look at what Sadiq Khan has already delivered in London.

There, the first 100 days of administration has been a frenzy of activity.

Sadiq Khan has already taken action on pollution by extending the low emission zone, began the work of introducing new ticketing for London’s buses and presided over the biggest change to London transport in generations with the start of the night tube.

This is the difference that having Labour politicians in Government can make.

But where we should have had one hundred days of action on schools, hospitals, jobs and the economy, a constitutional debate which formed only 209 of 24,115 words in the SNP’s manifesto has dominated again.”

You can read the Alternative Programme for Government below: