SNP: More free childcare would create 35,000 jobs

One of the biggest policy announcements in the White Paper is an expansion of free childcare:

  • Every three- and four-year-old could benefit from 1,140 hours of free childcare - equivalent to 30 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year
  • This would require a "substantial increase in the workforce" creating about 35,000 jobs
  • Policy would be "affordable and sustainable" but there is little detail on the cost

Read: Sturgeon refuses to expand on cost of childcare pledge


Spain: No Scotland in the EU

Spain's prime minister has warned Scotland it would not automatically become a member of the EU if it voted for independence.