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

Education

  • Make Scotland's education "the best in the world by 2020".
  • Increase modern apprenticeships to 50,000 a year by 2011.
  • Merge Skill Seekers into modern apprenticeships and create an advanced section of the programme.
  • Establish 100 Skills Academies for 14-18-year-olds in schools and colleges to give increased status to vocational skills.
  • Make leaving school at 16 and 17 conditional on those people staying in education, training or full-time volunteering.
  • Re-build 250 more schools in the next term of the Scottish Parliament.
  • Expand free education for three to five-year-olds.
  • Increase college and university places for science degrees and postgraduates.
  • Expand the Project Scotland youth volunteering scheme and create a programme for older people.
  • Work with the Territorial Army to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to undertake residential courses.
  • Give children access to language tuition from Primary three onwards.
  • Introduce 500 extra modern language teachers and teaching assistants.
  • Homework support service, staffed by experienced teachers.
  • Discipline code to set out rights and responsibilities of teachers, parents and pupils and legislate to give head teachers the authority to exclude pupils.
Scottish Government

  • "One-in-one-out" policy for new regulations in the next parliament and a "sunset clause" for new legislation to allow greater scrutiny.
  • "Smaller, more focussed" legislative programme.

Communities

  • Establish town centre trusts, with legal powers to initiate compulsory purchase orders.
  • Invest an initial 50m into a community fund for turning round town centres and attract further public and private funding.
  • Consult on extending community right to buy to urban areas and simplify process.
  • Allow greater private sector house building.
  • Double the new build Homestake scheme.
  • National helpline for older people.
  • Maintain right-to-buy for council homes.

Economy

  • Double small business rates relief.
  • No above-inflation council tax increases for the next four years.
  • Add new top and bottom bands to the council tax system.
  • "Get tough" on loan sharks through new prevention orders.

Justice

  • Double the number of community wardens to more than 1,000 and expand environmental wardens.
  • "Name and shame" neighbourhood troublemakers.
  • New police powers to tackle serious and organised crime, gangland criminals and take advantage of new technology.
  • Retain DNA and fingerprints of all crime suspects.
  • Justice centres to allow criminals to carry out "pay back" duties in communities.
  • New court powers to place restrictions on violent offenders.
  • Powers allowing public bodies to share information with anti-fraud organisations.
  • New investigation powers for cross-border surveillance operations.
  • Powers of arrest for immigration officers working at Scottish points of entry.
  • Improve support for victims of crime.

Health

  • Waiting time of 18 weeks for outpatient treatment.
  • Waiting time of 16 weeks from GP referral to cardiac intervention.
  • Waiting time of four hours from arrival to discharge or transfer for accident and emergency treatment.
  • Ban the sale of cigarettes to under 18s.
  • Increase entitlement to free school meals for an extra 100,000 children.
  • Consult on how to ban junk food vans from outside schools.
  • Support teaching first aid skills to 14-16-year-olds.
  • Extend smoking cessation schemes to secondary schools.

Environment

  • At least 50% of electricity from renewable energy by 2020.
  • Tougher energy efficiency building standards.
  • Increase energy efficiency of new housing developments by at least 15% by 2011.
  • Local authority carbon trading scheme.

Transport

  • Within the next parliament, complete the Glasgow and Edinburgh airport rail links and re-open Waverley, Airdrie to Bathgate and Stirling to Alloa lines.
  • Take forward Glasgow Crossrail project.
  • Reintroduce trams to Edinburgh.
  • Build a replacement Forth crossing.





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