SCRAPPING OF BRIDGE TOLLS
What started under Labour finished with the SNP as the country’s last remaining crossing charges ended.
This policy ended what the SNP called the “tax on ill-health” to allow universal access to key treatments even as charges in England rose.
The Scottish Government had the first 50:50 team in the UK.
This law came into force as the year ended, with couples in existing civil partnerships also able to convert these to marriages if desired.
VOTES FOR 16 AND 17-YEAR-OLDS
Foreign nationals with leave to remain, including refugees, were also covered by subsequent extensions to the voting franchise for Scottish Parliament and local elections.
FISCAL FRAMEWORK NEGOTIATIONS
John Swinney led negotiations with the UK Government, sealing the deal around the devolution of new tax powers to Holyrood.
The £1.35bn bridge across the Forth came in under budget and was opened by the Queen.
MINIMUM UNIT PRICING
This passed despite concerted lobbying from the drinks industry and got the country talking about its relationship with alcohol.
SCOTTISH CHILD PAYMENT
Welcomed by antipoverty campaigners, this new benefit is the only one of its kind in the UK and this year doubles to £20 per week, per child.
FREE PERIOD PRODUCTS
Scotland was the first country in the world to make sanitary products free to the women and girls who need them.
THE EXTENSION OF FREE CHILDCARE
All eligible children can receive at least 1,140 hours of funded early learning and childcare in a move worth around £4,500 per child, per year to families
FREE BUS TRAVEL TO UNDER-22S
All resident young Scots can apply for passes in the implementation of a policy agreed with the Scottish Greens