SNP WELCOME “EXTRAORDINARY” POLL RATINGS AFTER EIGHT YEARS IN GOVERNMENT

The SNP is today welcoming a Survation poll on Holyrood voting intentions showing support for the SNP at 56 per cent – up two points – on the constituency vote and 45 per cent on the regional list vote.

The poll shows a 36 per cent lead over Labour in the constituency vote and a 26 per cent lead in the regional list – a record rating for the SNP in a Survation poll and extraordinary after more than eight years in government.

The poll also highlights that, when don’t knows are removed, support for independence is up three per cent since the vote last September.

Since coming to office in 2007, the SNP has frozen council tax, protected free Higher Education, scrapped prescription charges, protected Free Personal Care, maintained the concessionary travel scheme, increased Scotland’s health budget to over £12 billion for the first time, and invested in childcare to increase entitlement to 16 hours per week for all 3, 4 and looked after 2 year olds.

The SNP has also introduced a Living Wage – which at £7.85 per hour is higher than the National Living Wage proposed by George Osborne – for public sector workers covered by Scottish Government pay policy.

In the face of unprecedented cuts to Scotland’s budget from the Westminster Government, the SNP has also invested to mitigate against Tory welfare cuts – including the Bedroom Tax. And despite a cut of 25 per cent Westminster cut to Scotland’s capital budget, the Scottish Government is also on track to meet its ambitious target to deliver 30,000 affordable homes by the end of this Parliament.

If re-elected in 2016, the SNP will build on this strong record to deliver further improvement.

SNP Business Convener Derek Mackay said:

“This is an encouraging poll, highlighting the SNP’s extraordinary positive ratings after eight years in government – and it is also a vote of confidence in the strong start that the new team of SNP MPs has made in standing up for Scotland’s interests at Westminster.

“But we take absolutely nothing for granted, and will work hard every day between now and next year’s Holyrood election to retain the trust of people right across Scotland.

“Since coming to office in 2007, we have frozen council tax, protected free Higher Education, scrapped introduced prescription charges, protected Free Personal Care, maintained the concessionary travel scheme, increased Scotland’s health budget to record levels, and protected those hardest hit by unfair Tory welfare cuts. All this has been in the face of massive Westminster cuts to our budget.

“The SNP also introduced the Living Wage – which at £7.85 per hour is higher than the con-trick National Living Wage proposed by George Osborne – for public sector workers covered by Scottish Government pay policy.

“There is still more to do and if re-elected in 2016, the SNP will build on our strong record and deliver further improvements. As First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has already outlined, by 2020 we will deliver 30 hours of free childcare – almost doubling the current provision of 16 hours – and continue to protect our NHS. We will also continue to use the powers we have to strengthen and grow the Scottish economy – and push the case at Westminster for the powers we need to make more progress.”

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