Scotland plans deposit return scheme for drink containers

Lester Mason
September 6, 2017

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made the announcement as she presented her Government's plan to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday afternoon, in Holyrood.

"Our aim is for new petrol and diesel cars and vans to be phased out in Scotland by 2032 - the end of the period covered by our new Climate Change Plan and eight years ahead of the target set by the UK Government".

In the last decade, we have achieved many things. The first minister acknowledged voters had deserted the SNP, and she soon dropped the quest for a second independence vote by spring 2018.

"The Scottish Government undertook to carry out a study into the feasibility of making this change". We will take whatever steps we can to protect our economy from the damage leaving the European Union will do.

The Scottish Grocers Federation added that it was an "atrocious decision". But, Brexit poses a threat to more than just our economy. "It is also a threat to our rights as citizens". Download it today and continue to enjoy STV News wherever you are.

The Scottish Government has today committed to invest £10 million a year over five years to tackle homelessness north of the border, with a specific focus on prevention and tackling the root causes of homelessness.

John Ashmore, news editor of Politics Home, told Sam Delaney the United Kingdom government will probably follow suit but "I don't think it's a direct outcome of anything Nicola Sturgeon has done".

Alex Rowley, Scottish Labour's interim leader, said that under the SNP there were 4,000 fewer teachers and larger classes, hospital waiting time targets were being missed and there had been inadequate reforms to local government taxation.

Will rest of the United Kingdom follow suit?

NICOLA Sturgeon today outlined plans to phase out new petrol and diesel cars eight years earlier in Scotland than the United Kingdom government wants to do.

"To encourage others to see Scotland as the place to research, design and manufacture their innovations - for us to become a laboratory for the rest of the world in the digital and low carbon technologies we want to champion - we must also become early adopters of them". It will also include a progression of the Scottish Government's policy of standardised testing.

John Dickie, director of Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said: "It's good to see the government look seriously at the potential impact and suitability of using powers to top up benefits, for example child benefit, to alleviate child poverty".

Making the announcement, the Scottish National Party said it will "develop a DRS created to increase recycling rates and reduce littering and implement it across Scotland".

A new National Investment Bank will be established "to support infrastructure investment, help companies grow and support our economic vision", with work led by Benny Higgins of the Tesco Bank.

On health, Ms Sturgeon announced plans to expand free personal care to those under 65 who are suffering from conditions such as dementia or motor neurone disease (MND).

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