SNP publishes list of achievements


After accusations from its political competitors that it had dropped key election commitments, the SNP has published a list of its achievements during its time in government.

In the list, they said they had achieved “84 of 94 headline commitments” from their 2007 election manifesto.

These included freezing council tax, boosting police officers and scrapping student charges.

Labour, the Tories and Lib Dems claimed the SNP had scrapped key promises which helped the party to victory.

Included in the commitments not achieved by the minority SNP government were writing off student debt, cutting class sizes to 18 for P1-P3 pupils, and replacing council tax with a local income tax.

The Deputy SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon, said: “The SNP’s 2007 manifesto made 94 headline commitments.

“Our achievements range from freezing the council tax, delivering 1,000 more police officers, introducing the small business bonus and restoring free education, to pledges such as meeting the cancer waiting times target – which the previous administration failed to do – and passing world leading climate change legislation.”

She added: “Of the other 10, some – such as the referendum on independence, and scrapping the Edinburgh Trams – were blocked by all the main opposition parties in the Scottish Parliament. Others were delivered in a different way, given changed economic circumstances and spending cuts from Westminster.  And others are works in progress that, if re-elected, the SNP will continue to pursue in a second term.”{jcomments on}