Scottish Socialist Party launches manifesto
The Socialist Party of Scotland (SSP) yesterday launched its manifesto for the May municipal elections, with a set of policies designed to tackle the escalating cost of living crisis.
At the heart of the party’s campaign is a plan to scrap council tax and replace it with an income-based alternative – an idea first proposed by the SNP when elected in 2007.
The SSP said: ‘Our proposed Scottish service charge not only shifts the burden of council funding from the poor and middle earners to the better off, but generates an additional £2 billion for struggling council services.’
SSP councilors will also pledge to oppose all cuts to public services and campaign for the return of the millions of pounds lost to the cuts as Scots head to the polls on May 5 .
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To tackle Scotland’s housing crisis, SSP advisers will demand that 100,000 new rental homes be built in the public sector, meeting the highest environmental standards, alongside a similarly sized program to upgrade housing existing ones so that they meet the same standards.
The SSP will demand that energy companies become public again to ensure affordable green energy for everyone in Scotland.
They will also advocate for the reinstatement of the £20 a week cut for Universal Credit recipients and campaign for a national minimum wage of £12 an hour, with equal pay for all.
The party added: “With poverty ruining the lives and opportunities of hundreds of thousands of Scots, references to food banks are rising dramatically and the price of energy, petrol and basic foodstuffs rising. at a dizzying pace, SSP advisers will campaign to change the rules of the game that so clearly disadvantage workers.
“To meet the needs of working people, we will advocate for free public transport (an increasingly popular policy first proposed by the SSP 20 years ago) to reduce road pollution, poverty and stimulate social inclusion.
“SSP candidates are seeking election on May 5 to break the cycle of poverty, privatization and profiteering that so dominates today’s council chambers,” they added.