Letter: SNP plans for Scotland

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Sir,

The SNP’s plan for Scotland signals a major boost for jobs and the economy in Argyll and Bute, including an additional £7 billion infrastructure investment in schools, hospitals, transport and digital connectivity over the next five years.

We are continuing the major reforms in our health, education and justice systems over the course of 2018/19.

There is significant £250 million extra funding for mental health services, increased support for teachers, head teachers, parents and pupils, as well as a major package of reforms for the justice system, increasing support for the victims of crime and their families.

With Scottish exports up 12 per cent – the fastest growth in the UK – a £20m National Exports Plan this year will ensure Argyll and Bute’s businesses thrive.

Despite Brexit, we will ensure Scotland remains an attractive place to live and work.

We will provide advice and support for those EU citizens, already living in Argyll and Bute, who are dealing with the Tory government’s unfair plans to charge them for the right to live and work here.

Our global climate change ambition will continue to be matched by realistic action, with £1billion funding in low carbon and public transport during the next year.

Michael Russell,

MSP for Argyll and Bute.