Updated: Nov 28, 2019
The full Scottish National Party Manifesto can be read here.
Please note: we recognise that Christians care about many issues besides the one's listed below. We have focused on the issues CARE works on for obvious reasons.
‘…because we know the extra pressures that a baby in neonatal care creates for families, parents would receive an extra statutory paid week of leave for every week their baby is in neo natal care.’ Page 38
‘Dads can still be discriminated against before the birth, with rights at present to only take unpaid leave to attend two antenatal appointments. We would increase this to paid leave for six antenatal appointments.’ Page 38
‘We will also continue to press for extended legal protection against redundancy for pregnant parents, those on shared parental leave, and adoption leave, and new parents for up to six months after their return to work.’ Page 38
The manifesto contains no specific policy with regard to assisted suicide or end of life issues.
Commercial Sexual Exploitation
The manifesto contains no specific policy with regard to CSE.
Family and Tax
‘The appalling two-child cap and the rape clause have been a focus of SNP MPs. Recent changes to the policy mean it only applies to children born after April 2017, but SNP MPs won’t stop until this policy is scrapped completely.’ Page 14
‘The massive expansion of early learning and childcare - from 600 hours per year to almost double that at 1,140 hours - will transform lives, giving more children the best possible start. And If the SNP is returned to government after the next Holyrood election, we will expand childcare into the school holidays for primary pupils from the poorest backgrounds.’ Page 20
‘We will seek legislation to:
- Increase maternity leave to one year
- Set maternity pay at 100% of average weekly earnings for the first 12 weeks, then 90% for 40 weeks or £150.00, whichever is lower.
- Increased shared parental leave from 52 to 64 weeks, with the additional 12 weeks to be the minimum taken by the father in order to encourage an increase in shared parental leave.
- Introduce a principle of ‘use it or lose it’ – whereby the paternity leave cannot be transferred in order to encourage fathers to take the leave - while protecting maternity leave if a couple choose not to take advantage of the provision.’ Page 37
‘The SNP was at the forefront of cross-party efforts to reduce the maximum stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals to £2, and helped stop Tory attempts to postpone this from spring to autumn 2019.’ Page 14
‘Having led the campaign against Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, the SNP will continue to tackle problem gambling, pushing the UK Government to treat it as a public health matter and tackle it with a joined-up strategy.
We will press for greater devolution of gambling regulation to the Scottish Parliament and press the UK Government to stop underage gambling on video games. We will support changes to charity lottery law to reduce bureaucracy and maximise returns to good causes and we will support a full public health inquiry into gambling related harm.’ Page 28
The manifesto contains no specific policy with regard to human trafficking.
The manifesto contains no specific policy with regard to marriage.
‘SNP MPs will demand that new laws tackle this issue and protect our children including:
- New standards and measures to be put in place so social media, gaming and technology organisations protect their users fully including having a statutory duty of care and mandatory obligations to tackle unsuitable content that can lead to self-harm and suicide, sexual exploitation, grooming, abuse and extremism.
- Appointment of a new independent Online Regulator with the ability to take action such as imposing heavy fines and blocking access to sites.
- Age verification for sites that are not suitable for children or have lower age limits, like the existing rules for films.
- A duty on the UK Government to provide free and up-to-date expert resources to help protect people and support learning about online harm and abusive behaviour and how to report it. It would also provide support for parents to keep their children safe – from learning about what social media platforms do through to parental controls and learning how to chat to children about online safety and privacy.
- Regular awareness campaigns to highlight these resources.
- A levy on technology companies to fully fund the regulator and associated resources.’
Relationships and Sex Education
The manifesto contains no specific policy with regard to relationships and sex education.
The manifesto contains no specific policy with regard to the right to freedom of religion or belief. However, the following pledges pertain to certain aspects of religious liberty:
‘New standards and measures to be put in place so social media, gaming and technology organisations protect their users fully including having a statutory duty of care and mandatory obligations to tackle unsuitable content that can lead (…) extremism.’ Page 28
- (Note: While the pledge is an important step, the approach needs to be mindful of the chilling effects of the vague definition of extremism adopted by the Government that risks curtailing freedom of speech. Any such policies must be tailored and focus on addressing violent extremism or non-violent extremism linked to leading to terrorism.)
‘SNP MPs will oppose any attempts by the UK government to scrap the Human Rights Act and withdraw the UK from the ECHR.’ Page 44
- (Note: The right to freedom of religion or belief is protected in Article 9 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR).)
‘The SNP has adopted the definition of anti- Semitism and Islamophobia and will continue to challenge all forms of racism and bigotry. We recognise the importance of working with diverse communities to ensure concerns are addressed.’ Page 44
(Note: The Government’s work on anti-Semitism and Islamophobia covers elements of religious liberty, including working on approaches to address attacks on places of worship.)