28 January 2019

SNP Ministers are planning to reward themselves with a tax cut in the budget, independent analysis confirms.

Analysis by the independent Scottish Parliament Information Centre shows that a majority of higher rate taxpayers, including people earning more than £100,000, will receive a £140 tax cut as part of Derek Mackay's plans.

Changes in the personal allowance, coupled with the Nationalist's rates and bands proposals, mean those earning up to £124,375 will pay less income tax this year than last.

With a budget that could make even more council workers redundant yet gives a tax cut to the Ministers responsible, Labour cannot possibly support it when it comes to Parliament on Thursday for the Stage 1 vote.

Scottish Labour Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance, James Kelly MSP, said:

“It is morally reprehensible for Derek Mackay to put forward a budget which will make council workers redundant and himself richer.

“Our communities need investment and an end to austerity, but Derek Mackay is refusing to use Scotland's powers to do just that.

"With a Budget that will make council workers redundant and give a tax cut to the Ministers responsible, Labour cannot possibly support it when it comes to Parliament on Thursday.

“Labour would make the richest pay their fair share, including a 50p top rate of tax, invest in our public services and tackle the unacceptable levels of poverty in our society.”

All those earning up to £124,375 will pay less tax in 2019-20 than they did in 2018-19.

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