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ELECTION 2021: Adam backs SNP's 100-day recovery plans

By Alan Beresford

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PLANS unveiled by the SNP aiming to kickstart the recovery from the pandemic have been welcomed by the party's candidate for Banffshire and Buchan Coast, Karen Adam.

Banffshire and Buchan Coast SNP candidate Karen Adam.
Banffshire and Buchan Coast SNP candidate Karen Adam.

Unveiled yesterday (Thursday) by First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon during a visit to the Aberdeen West constituency, the document outlines some of the measures the SNP would take within 100 days if re-elected to government to keep Scotland safe during the pandemic and help boost a sustainable recovery.

Launching the plan, Ms Sturgeon said: “This 100 day plan demonstrates the SNP is the only party that is serious about government and serious about helping people in Scotland through these difficult times.

"[On May 6] it is only by voting SNP that people can ensure the experienced leadership required to keep Scotland in safe hands.

“By backing the SNP with both votes, Scotland will be able to make real progress through and out of the pandemic in the first 100 days with a pay rise for NHS workers, new cancer centres opened, support for small businesses to go digital, new training courses to help young people into jobs and immediate action to tackle the climate crisis.

"We’ll take urgent action to support children, families and young people – completing the roll-out of 1140 hours of free childcare, expanding free school meals, paying the first instalment of the expanded £1 billion Scottish Attainment Fund and introducing the legal changes to extend free bus travel to everyone under 22 years old."

Ms Adam said the plan included the radical measures needed by the country to emerge from the pandemic in as strong a position as possible.

"We are living in unprecedented times and the problems we face require urgent and radical measures for our people now, and for the generation to come," she continued.

"The launch of 'First Steps', a 100-day plan of serious and positive action to address what is needed from a committed and determined government, sets out key actions to tackle the pandemic, support the NHS, invest in jobs and young people, support families and tackle the climate crisis."

She added: “I very much look forward to being part of the team that will start work on longer term challenges, establishing a new Council for Economic Transformation, taking the first steps toward establishing a National Care Service and beginning work on a Minimum Income Guarantee.

"We have to seize the opportunities that are open to us so that we move forward better and bolder, for us now and for those who follow us in the future. With the full powers of an independent country we could do so much more and Scotland would no longer be subject to a Westminster government taking our country in the wrong direction.

"I am determined that I and party I represent for Banffshire and Buchan Coast, will get down to work immediately to tackle the major challenges we face as a country.

“On Thursday, May 6 I am asking people in Banffshire and Buchan Coast to give both votes to the SNP to help us deliver these vital plans for Scotland’s recovery.”

The full document can be found at bit.ly/SNP-FIRST-STEPS

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