Finance Secretary Kate Forbes has announced a range of new measures in the Scottish budget for 2021-22, which she described as potentially the “most important in the history of devolution”.
Among these was support for jobs and skills totalling around £1.1bn.
Job creation was a priority, with measures including a commitment to launch a new Green Workforce Academy to help people secure work in the low carbon economy, a £100m Green Jobs Fund over the next parliament, £7m towards making Scotland a hub for digital business and an additional £115m for the Young Person’s Guarantee.
Health received record funding of over £16bn, an increase of 5.3% on 2020-21, along with a further £869m to continue tackling coronavirus, including funding for the vaccination and test and trace programmes.
To support family budgets, £90m is being made available for local authorities to freeze council tax.
Public sector workers earning up to £25,000