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At-a-glance: Scots Green manifesto
The Scottish Green Party has launched its manifesto for the Holyrood elections. Here are the main points of the plan.

Communities

  • Redirecting executive subsidies and support for multi-national companies into funding to support local businesses.
  • Communities to get a say on new national planning frameworks.
  • An "Environmental Justice Fund" of at least 2m per year to support community improvements help them respond to environmental "threats".
  • The introduction of a wide-ranging Sustainable Communities bill which would create incentives to buy from local suppliers and requirements for parts of land in regeneration areas to remain in some form of community ownership.
  • Pay communities to protect "public goods", such as wild areas and freshwater.
  • Giving all rural households and businesses access to broadband.
  • Extend crofting throughout Scotland.
  • Increase native woodland cover to 20% by 2010, 25% by 2020 and 40% by 2050.

Economy

  • Improve the ability of small businesses to tender for public sector contracts.
  • Ensure that at least 10% of public spending goes through social enterprises by 2012.
  • Develop an Ethical Financial Services strategy and support initiatives such as credit unions.
  • Ensuring the Scottish Executive and its agencies use an indicator which measures quality of life against economic development.
  • Make sustainable development "the top priority" for Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
  • Create a national forum for sustainable economic development.
  • Work with councils to bring in environmental levies, for example on non-returnable packaging or road congestion.
  • Greater powers for the Scottish Parliament to bring in pollution tax and set a 50% tax rate for incomes of more than 100,000.
  • Replace council tax and uniform business rates with a Land Value Tax.
  • Expand the Sure Start child support programme and establish dedicated support services for parents, "before they reach crisis point".
  • "Radically" improve childcare and day-care for working parents and improve status of staff from current "low" levels.
  • New legislation to increase access to flexible working.
  • Block the use of PFI in new infrastructure schemes and develop alternatives, including municipal bonds.
  • Establish an independent review to explore how to bring the national grid into public ownership.
  • Make the reduction of public services' carbon footprints obligatory.

Environment

  • Appoint a minister for sustainable development and climate change.
  • Bring in legislation requiring the Scottish Executive to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 90% by 2050.
  • Establish a four-year fund worth 100m to support carbon-cutting community projects.
  • Generate 100% of electricity from renewable energy by 2050.
  • Set targets to improve the energy efficiency of housing and other buildings.

Transport

  • Upgrade footpaths and pavements
  • Link all schools and public centres by cycling and walking routes by 2017.
  • Improve bus services and conduct an inquiry into rural services and pricing.
  • More funding for Edinburgh trams.
  • Legislate for road traffic reduction.

Health

  • Bring in legislation to ensure levels of freshness for food procured by the public sector, including schools and NHS establishments.
  • Invest in projects to allow more vulnerable patients to be cared for at home.
  • Fund more respite facilities for older and disabled people.
  • Rule out fluoridation of the water supply and focus on school-based tooth-brushing schemes.
  • Increase the student nurse bursary to 10,000 to cut student drop-out rates.
  • Offer patients access to complimentary and alternative medicine through GPs and local health boards.
  • Raise the minimum age for buying tobacco to 18.

Waste

  • Every household in Scotland to be given access to kerbside recycling and compost bins for those with gardens.
  • Setting a target of zero waste by 2020.
  • Cut greenhouse gas emissions from waste management by at least half by 2020.
  • Phase out the sale of single-use batteries while introducing a recycling scheme.
  • Making incinerators ineligible for funding support.

Education

  • Maximum primary school class sizes of 20.
  • Set aside time in the curriculum for extended work experience.
  • Bonuses for teachers successful in raising attainment in deprived areas.
  • Ban advertising in schools and bring in free, healthy school meals.
  • Integrate state-funded religious schools into nondenominational education.
  • Improve support for home learning.
  • Scrap the student graduate endowment and bring back grants.
  • Fund outdoor skills training for teachers and provide cash to refurbish and develop outdoor centres.

Justice

  • Increased use of victim-offender mediation services.
  • Keep a record of reasons for sentencing and only jail offenders posing a "genuine risk to the public".
  • Introduce corporate killing legislation which places duty on individual directors.
  • Extend the children's hearing system to help 16-18-year-olds.



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