In 2016, STV reported:
‘The SNP Scottish Government has built or refurbished twice as many schools as the previous administration, Holyrood researchers have found.’
During the SNP administrations from 2008 to 2015, they built 607 schools while during the Labour administrations from 1999 to 2007, only 308 were built. The data was obtained by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (Spice). I think this kind of information captures perfectly the advantages of government by a party independent of a London-based HQ.
Now, the SNP have committed to a further 116 new schools in this administration, spending £1.8 billion, despite Westminster cut-backs. Included in this will be:
- Jedburgh Intergenerational Campus will replace Jedburgh Grammar School, Parkside and Howdenburn Primary Schools, in the Scottish Borders
- Sighthill Community Campus will replace St Stephen’s Primary School and St Kevin’s Primary School in Glasgow
- Underbank Primary School and Walston Primary School in South Lanarkshire will both be replaced
Notably, at least one new school project is being delivered in every local authority area in Scotland. Remember also, the SNP-led government has had to pick up the bill to repair the schools with collapsing walls built under Labour’s PFI scheme.
Combine this with the fact that the Scottish government is building twice as many affordable homes per capita than the Westminster government and you are again reminded of what governments should be doing.