Some of the key items in the SNP’s Budget:
• £11.5 million to create 25,000 modern apprenticeship places – a record high for Scotland
• Continued funding for council tax freeze – by the end of next year the average Band D family will have saved £322 since the SNP introduced the freeze
• Funding to continue and uplift the SNP’s flagship Small Business Bonus Scheme, removing 64,000 small businesses from business rates and saving them up to £4,100
• Funding to abolish prescription charges
• 7,000 flexible training opportunities for SMEs
• £8 million to provide enough funding for an extra 1,200 college places
• an additional £15 million across 2010-11 and 2011-12 in funding for college bursaries
• Maintain educational grants for pupils and college students most in need which were cut south of the border
• Guarantee a probation place for every newly-qualified teacher and provide enough teaching jobs for every post-probationer in 2011-12
• New Early Years and Early Intervention Fund, with start-up funding of £5 million
• £10 million support for SME employment creation – focused on new starts, sole traders and small firms to take on new employees by assisting with employment and recruitment costs and assist with exports
• £10m Community Jobs Scotland fund that will see the Scottish Government work with the third sector to provide 2,000 work and training opportunities for young
people across Scotland.
• £2m Freight Facilities Grant
• £1m Post Office Diversification Scheme
• £12.5 million for Urban Regeneration Companies
• £16 million further investment in Housing
• Funding to maintain 1,000 additional police officers
• The creation of a £70m ‘change fund’ to help local authorities and health boards deal with the rising costs of providing social care. This is a precursor to plans to further integrate the two.
• Infrastructure Commitments such as the new Forth crossing, New South Glasgow Hospitals project and school building programme
• £70 million Renewables Infrastructure Fund – over four years
• £48 million support for energy assistance package and Home Insulation Scheme
• Funding to implement a living wage of £7.15 an hour for staff whose pay is controlled by the Scottish Government, and a minimum increase of £250 for staff earning under £21000

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