Scotland politics

Scottish council election: Labour council pledges at-a-glance

Scottish Labour has pledged to put job creation at the heart of its plans for local government.

The party's pledge came as it launched a policy document ahead of the 3 May local authority elections.

Here is a look at the main points:

  • Action for new jobs and training opportunities.
  • Investment for schools and support for decent childcare.
  • Support for carers across our communities and dignity for our older citizens.
  • Action to tackle fuel poverty.
  • Better care for all pensioners, with action to reduce energy bills.
  • Scotland-wide jobs plan to guarantee apprenticeships and 10,000 job placements for unemployed youngsters.
  • Support "co-operative councils", getting local people more involved in decision-making.
  • Support living wage for councils and their contractors.
  • Reverse "unfair cuts" to local bus services.
  • "Immediate" boost to childcare.
  • Campaign against housing budget cuts.
  • "Proper" support for social work, so no older person has to "suffer the indignity of a 15-minute care visit" and support for sheltered housing.
  • Reinstate cancelled education programmes, like homework clubs and school buses.
  • Build 50 new primary schools in South Lanarkshire.
  • A new council care home in Penicuik, Midlothian.