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We've Met Our Promises, McConnell Claims

Magazine article Public Finance

We've Met Our Promises, McConnell Claims

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The Scottish Executive is on track to achieve 97% of the pledges it made when a partnership agreement was drawn up between Labour and the Liberal Democrats, First Minister Jack McConnell has claimed.

He said this meant that 437 of the 450 policy proposals set out in the agreement after the election in 2003 were on track or had already been met. The current Parliament now has just four months to run before elections on May 3.

McConnell said key achievements included: all health waiting times targets; strong economic growth; the introduction of Scotland-wide free bus travel for older people; a ban on smoking in public places; the largest-ever programme of school building and renewal; and reduced crime in Scotland.

'We are making good progress. Our ambitious programme is delivering real improvements to people's lives,' McConnell said.

The Executive was described by the Scottish Conservatives as a 'busybody government', for passing more than 3,000 items of legislation since devolution in 1999. …

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