Support for jobs
In these hard times, the SNP Government has stood shoulder to shoulder with Glasgow business – providing direct funding of £28m to help create 3500 jobs in Glasgow, including:
- Finance company Vertexis used £1.7m of SNP Government assistance to build a centre of excellence in Glasgow and create 368 jobs at Atlantic Quay.
- Tesco Personal Finance received £5m which helped create 880 new jobs
- Barclays continued their expansion in Scotland, supported by Govt. development funds, by creating 600 jobs in Glasgow
- A centre of Engineering Excellence for Renewable Energy is being created in Glasgow with £2.8m support from the Scottish Government, creating around 250 new high value jobs over the next three years and safe-guarding 70 more in the city
- Esure, with £1.1m of Government help, created 250 new jobs
Other support for the Glasgow economy includes:
- In 2009/10, the SNP provided 2638 Modern Apprenticeships in Glasgow – 25% more than Labour managed in its last year in power.
- The SNP have abolished rates for 4452 small businesses in Glasgow and drastically cut the rates for another 1631.
Capital investment is vital to securing an economic recovery in Scotland – and Glasgow benefits from OVER HALF of capital spending projects in Scotland, totalling billions of pounds:
- Completion of the M74 – £700m
- Southern General Hospital - £842m
- Glasgow City Centre College campus - £300m
- Glasgow School of Art upgrade - £50m
- National Indoor Sports Arena - £116
- M80 Stepps to Haggs improvements - £320m
In all, the SNP is investing £1bn in crucial road projects in and around Glasgow – when Iain Gray was a Minister his Govt. invested a mere £139m in just 3 road projects in Glasgow.
Funding public services
The SNP spend more on local services in Glasgow than any other part of Scotland:
- Glasgow Council got £2871 per person in 2009/10 – 27% above the Scottish average.
- Glasgow Council gets 53% more funds than Aberdeen and 44% more than Edinburgh.
- With 11.5% of the population, Glasgow receives 25% of all NHS spending and 30% of all housing spending.
Improving public services
The SNP Government has vastly improved public services in Glasgow since coming to power:
- Freezing the council tax for 3 straight years saved Glasgow rate payers £322 on average.
- In Strathclyde, the SNP has delivered 588 new police officers – and as a result crime has been cut by a fifth and knife crime by a quarter.
- The SNP has established a Domestic Abuse court in Glasgow
- In housing the SNP has abolished the Right to Buy and, after years of delay, have begun second stage transfer – 20,000 homes have been moved to tenant’s organisations.
- In the NHS, the SNP have cut waiting times in Glasgow by two weeks.
- In Glasgow, 14 school building projects have been completed under the SNP.
- Prescription charges have been halved under the SNP, and will be abolished by 2011.
GARL - why this project was not able to proceed
The reason that Glasgow Airport Rail Link was scrapped was the £500m cut in the Scottish budget implemented by the UK Labour Government.
- Despite Labour claiming they will reinstate GARL, they have at no time said what they would cut to find the money for it.
- They had the chance to amend the Budget to re-instate GARL – and failed to do so.
- This was a desirable but not essential project which would have cost almost £200m and is simply not affordable due to UK cuts.
- Labour’s claim that the decision has cost 1300 jobs is an exaggeration. This was an estimate of potential jobs created over 20 years.
- Out of the 67 operational jobs (i.e. running the line) that would have been created, 61 will still go ahead.