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Nicola Sturgeon unveils manifesto with free dentists, four-day week and Indyref2


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icola Sturgeon set out a smorgasbord of promises for the Scottish people today, including free trips to the dentist and pilots for a four-day working week and universal basic income.

The SNP leader has unveiled her manifesto which – despite big promises – pledges to freeze rates of income tax over the next parliamentary term.

Showing her determination to push for a second referendum, Ms Sturgeon described the manifesto as “transformational” but said she could go further if Scotland was independent.

Among the raft of pledges, she has outlined a £2.5 billion increase in NHS spending in the next five years and a £800 million boost in social care funding.

NHS dentistry charges will be scrapped and government-supported childcare will be expanded to one and two-year-olds.

Ms Sturgeon said: “In this manifesto the SNP is setting out a serious programme for serious times. It is practical but unashamedly optimistic and it is transformational in its ambition.”



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