Scottish National Party –
The main pledges from the Scottish National Party which will affect the sector include:
- Increase maternity leave to one year, set maternity pay at 100% of average weekly earnings for the first 12 weeks, then 90% for 40 weeks or £150.00
- Increased shared parental leave from 52 to 64 weeks, with the additional 12 weeks to be the minimum taken by the father
- Introduce a principle of ‘use it or lose it’ – whereby the paternity leave cannot be transferred in order to encourage fathers to take the leave - while protecting maternity leave if a couple choose not to take advantage of the provision
- Parents would receive an extra statutory paid week of leave for every week their baby is in neo natal care
- Expand childcare into the school holidays for primary pupils from the poorest backgrounds.
- Halt to Universal Credit
- Commitment to introduce a new £10 a week Scottish Child Payment for low income households by the end of 2020
- Demand a UK wide benefit take-up campaign so people are encouraged to get the help they are entitled to, particularly pension credit
- Press for an immediate end to benefit freeze and for uplifts in the value of income replacement benefits of at least inflation
- Urge the UK Government to match their commitment to support low income families by introducing payments at key times in a young child’s life as the SNP Scottish government have done with nursery and school payments of £250 as well as matching the new Scottish Child Payment
- Demand the end of the two-child benefit cap and the rape clause
- Demand an end to the punitive benefits sanctions regime.
- Press for the statutory living wage to rise to at least the level of the real living wage, and for an end to age discrimination. SNP MPs will demand tougher action to close the gender pay gap, including introducing fines for businesses that fail to meet an agreed Equal Pay Standard
- Back a rise in the National Insurance discount businesses receive when they increase employment from £3,000 per business per year to £6,000 per business per year
- Call on the UK Government to adopt their Fair Work First approach. This champions the Real Living Wage, opposing exploitative zero hours contracts and ensures that companies that want grants from government sign up to fair work principles.
- SNP need to ensure agency workers and those in insecure work or on zero hour contracts, can still get access to the same employment rights of those in secure employment (following Taylor Review findings)
- Pending Scottish independence, we will press for the devolution of employment law so that the Scottish Parliament can protect workers’ rights, increase the living wage and end the age discrimination of the statutory living wage.
Read the full Scottish National Party manifesto here.