At-a-glance: SNP manifesto
The Scottish National Party has published its manifesto for the 2010 UK election.
Here is a look at the pledges on offer:
- Protect "vital" public services in the face of spending cuts by scrapping the £5bn ID card scheme, the £100bn replacement for Trident nuclear weapons on the Clyde, abolishing the House of Lords, saving £100m, and closing the Scotland Office, freeing up another £10m.
- Sustain economic stimulus to promote recovery this coming year and not "raise taxes on job creation".
- Recycle government efficiencies to protect frontline services.
- Deliver 25% reduction in quangos, saving £40m a year, a 50% cut in the Scottish government marketing budget and a 5% reduction in administration costs.
- Subject funding for regeneration around the London Olympic site to the Barnett Formula, giving Scotland £165m for regeneration north of the Border and return £150m of Lottery funds diverted from Scotland to the 2012 games.
- Further acceleration of Treasury capital spending to support 5,000 Scottish jobs and short-term economic stimulus.
- Greater Scottish responsibility on employment policy.
- Restore link between the State Pension and earnings bringing a £110m boost for Scottish pensioners.
- Protect Scottish policies such as concessionary travel scheme for older Scots and free personal care from UK government-imposed spending cuts.
- No new taxes or contributions, or changes to attendance allowance or carer's allowance that will impact on Scots, to pay for reform of care for the elderly down south.
- Fuel regulator to keep motorists being "punished" by rising oil prices and a fuel tax derogation in rural and island communities.
- Support international bank tax and limits on industry bonus payments as part of wider regulatory reform that encourages a return to prudent banking.
- End to the 300-year-old Union by making Scotland independent, following a referendum.
- Secure key concessions for Scotland in Westminster on an issue-by-issue basis by working in partnership with Plaid Cymru, without entering any form of coalition agreement with "London parties".
- Fiscal autonomy and borrowing powers for Scotland, bringing the ability to lower corporation tax and save a proportion of oil, gas and renewable energy wealth in a "national savings account".
- "Fair application" of the Barnett formula Treasury funding system for Scotland, including new, independent appeal process.
- Enhanced role for Scotland within the UK in Europe, including fisheries, where Scotland has the majority UK interest.
- Scottish powers on immigration to develop a Canadian-style earned citizenship system, to attract highly-skilled immigrants to Scotland.
- Oppose changes to Royal Mail which would weaken the universal delivery obligation and support the creation of a post bank.
- Introduction of a Veterans Card in Scotland to improve access to services for Scotland's veterans.
- Ensure benefits system provides incentives for, rather than barriers to, work.
- Maximum combined withdrawal rate for benefits and reforms to employment support allowance and cold weather payments.
- Minimum wage should increase in line with earnings.
- Support moves to extend paternity leave.
- Increase "low-carbon" employment in Scotland by 60,000 by 2020, with renewable energy supporting 26,000 jobs, emerging low carbon technologies a further 26,000 and environmental management 8,000 more.
- Release the Fossil Fuel Levy, providing £200m for new investment in renewable energy.
- End the transmission charging regime which sees Scottish generators paying far more to connect to the grid than companies elsewhere in the UK.
- Offshore taxation regime to support carbon capture and Storage and a North Sea CO2 storage hub.
- Scotland the first phase of the proposed UK high speed rail network, rather than London.
- Scottish Centre for Reconciliation and Conflict Resolution, to promote peaceful alternatives to armed conflict.