TAX MUST “PROTECT LOW EARNERS, BE PROGRESSIVE AND PROPORTIONATE”
Linda Fabiani MSP has welcomed the publication of a discussion paper on the role of income tax in Scotland as the Scottish Government takes the initiative to discuss the issue in an open and honest manner.
The Scottish Government’s paper includes proposals from all of Scotland’s political parties – with progressive parties backing varied measures in order to support public services, and Tory proposals supporting tax cuts for highest earners.
The First Minister outlined that any changes to income tax in Scotland must pass four key tests –supporting public services, ensuring the lowest earners don’t see their taxes increase, making the system more progressive, and supporting the economy.
“This discussion paper outlines the various proposals of Scotland’s political parties and where we stand heading towards the budget.
“People in East Kilbride and across Scotland have the right to an open and honest discussion about the income tax that they will pay – and this is exactly what the Scottish Government is delivering.
“It is incumbent for all parties to work together to find a balance so we can all pay the right amount for the services that we receive.
“As the Government work towards delivering a budget that works for and all of Scotland, the proposals should be in the interest of everyone, protecting the lowest earners and our public services.”