• Kenneth Gibson MSP

First Minister presents 2021/22 Programme for Government


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP has today set out the SNP Government’s 2021/22 Programme for Government.


Key highlights in this year’s programme include:


  • Increasing frontline health spend each year so it is at least £2.5 billion higher by 2026‑27, and increase primary care spend by 25% over the course of this Parliament.

  • Ensuring that facilities support the delivery of world class care and increased capacity by investing £10 billion in heath infrastructure over the next decade, to renew and replace health facilities across Scotland and to deliver National Treatment Centres, including in Ayrshire.

  • Consulting on and, by June 2022, bring forward legislation for the establishment of a National Care Service.

  • Providing £120 million specifically to support the recovery and transformation of mental health services, with a renewed focus on prevention and early intervention.

  • Ensuring people at risk of dying from drug overdose have access to same‑day treatment and a wider range of treatment options, and provide a rolling guarantee of £18 million for grassroots organisations to help people in their communities.

  • Publishing a 5‑year delivery plan for wraparound childcare, undertake an evaluation of pilot projects to inform full implementation, and establish a public panel, including parents, carers, children and young people.

  • Starting its £100 million investment to support frontline services and focus on prevention of violence against women and girls.

  • Providing at least £1.8 billion over the course of this Parliament to make our homes easier and greener to heat, and progress our commitment to decarbonise one million homes by 2030.

  • Investing an additional £500 million to support the new, good and green jobs of the future, with £20 million for this year’s National Transition Training Fund, helping over 20,000 people to upskill and reskill.

  • Delivering a referendum on Scottish independence held within the first half of this parliamentary session.


Kenneth Gibson MSP said:


“As committed to in our manifesto, the SNP Government is focussing on economic and NHS recovery, as well as maximising opportunities for our children and young people.


“The recovery has to and will be a green one, but on a realistic timescale. The programme for what is expected to be achieved in this year is ambitious yet realistic, and I welcome it.


“Listed beyond these key announcements are more plans. I encourage everyone to look at the full Programme for Government for this and more detailed information.”


The 2021/22 Programme for Government can be accessed here.


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