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WORKERS in Scotland would benefit from thousands of new jobs under a Labour government as part of a green industrial revolution proposed by the Scottish party.
More than 50,000 new green jobs were announced at the Scottish Labour manifesto launch in Glasgow as part of a package that would benefit the public and environment across the country.
Proposals include a massive expansion of onshore wind power with Scotland contributing at least 60 per cent of the sector’s capacity across Britain, amounting to 1,200 new turbines, as well as thousands more offshore.
This would mean the creation of around 20,000 jobs in Scotland’s energy sector.
In an attempt to move away from reliance on oil and gas, a "windfall tax" would also be put into place for oil companies, ensuring that "companies that knowingly damaged our climate will help cover the costs."
Scottish Labour also says it would invest £6 billion in upgrading almost all of Scotland’s 2.6 million homes with the aim of reducing individual spend on household energy.
The party’s estimations suggest this could save the average household in Scotland £417 annually by 2030 and create 35,000 jobs.
Speaking to a packed hall in the Gorbals, Glasgow, Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard promised to "build a society that is not just for those at the top, but works for all."
He said: “This battle for what kind of society we are is also about whether we tackle the climate emergency or we deny the climate emergency, which is not just about this generation but about future generations.
“And as we make the transition from the carbon economy to the net zero-carbon society, we ask the question — do we have a plan, including jobs, or do we leave it to the forces of the market?”
Many of the policies which Labour have put forward would be put into place following a Labour win in next month’s general election, while others would rely on the party’s success in the 2021 election for the Scottish Parliament.
Yesterday it was announced that Scotland would see £100 billion of new investment and public expenditure under a Labour government.
According to Mr Leonard this would include a multi-million pound increase in funding to tackle Scotland’s homelessness epidemic, the building of 120,000 new council and social homes and £2 billion for the Scottish health service.
The Scottish Labour leader also did not rule out the closure of Dungavel detention centre, following the announcement that Labour would close two such sites in England.
And it was revealed that every school child across the country would be entitled to a free meal, 365 days a year, under a Labour government in Scotland.
The proposals were welcomed by Westminster candidate Paul Sweeney, who said what Labour was putting forward in Scotland would be transformative.
The Glasgow North East candidate added: “I know that this manifesto is something that will not just change lives, it will save lives.
“It is literally a matter of life and death for thousands in this country.”
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