Scotland must invest in education. We want to improve children's life chances and increase long-term wellbeing and prosperity. We believe that these four measures will help children, parents, adult learners, and the whole of society.
1. Pay schools a Scottish Pupil Premium
We will give schools thousands of pounds of extra funding that they can spend to raise standards and close the attainment gap. It will give extra, practical support in every classroom. Figures show that this approach is already improving outcomes in England and Wales and it could make a real difference here in Scotland.
2. Expand Nursery Education
Early education is the best investment in our children's future we can make. It's proven to help children get on in life, whatever their background. That's why we want to fund a huge expansion in free provision to make sure every child is ready to succeed at school — and we'll make it more flexible and easier for parents to access.
3. Reverse education cuts
Half of what our councils do is education — that's why we'll protect their budgets. Protecting education budgets will mean councils have the money to keep the teachers and support staff we need, keep schools open, and retain the services that help children learn, like libraries, sports centres and museums.
4. Support our colleges
We will reverse the cuts to Scottish colleges and bring in more courses to help people train for careers. Our plan will invest in colleges and put them on solid ground for the future. We will make sure more people can study and businesses will get the skills they need.
This needs money to make it happen. We are calling for the Scottish Parliament to use its powers and raise all rates of Scottish Income Tax by 1p and invest an extra £475 million in education.
We believe that this is a fair way* to pay for the investment we need. We cannot afford not to invest.
* Because both the basic and higher tax bands would be raised, this means that those earning more would pay more. Taking account of the new tax threshold, only those earning over £19,000 would pay more next year, with those on the minimum wage paying £4.17 a month less income tax than last year.