MSP Gil Paterson has praised new investments and the continuation of older hallmark policies in the 2018 Scots budget.
The 2018-19 Draft Budget will see increased funding for the NHS, an income tax rise to pay for Tory cuts, an increase in the police’s budget, rises in investments to colleges and universities, even more money going into closing the attainment gap, a higher pay rise than RUK for public sector workers and even more.
Additionally, it will continue to provide for key SNP policies, from free tuition fees to free personal care for the elderly.
Mr Paterson said: “What is good about this budget is that it increases funding to our vital services, like the NHS, police, schools and such, but also maintains the hallmark policies of the SNP government.
“For example, free university and college tuition, free and increasing childcare, the abolition of prescription charges, free personal care for the elderly, free bus passes, paying the Bedroom Tax and more will be maintained – which in itself is a very impressive feat.
“Scotland still remains the lowest taxed part of the UK for most Scots, when all taxes are considered, despite a small rise in income tax to cope with the Tory budget cuts that have been forced through since 2011. And as suggested in recent polling, most Scots support it.
“Another aspect of the budget I like is the increased investment in Scotland’s culture and heritage sector between 2018 and 2019, which will help fund all sorts of projects from Historic Environments Scotland to the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.
“There are a whole range of policies we are putting through in this budget that are tailor made to make Scotland a more prosperous place to live and do business. I urge constituents who want to delve deeper into what we’re doing to read over the draft budget.”
INCOME TAX RISE SUPPORT: https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/poll-most-scots-back-snp-s-tax-rise-plan-1-4664721
DRAFT BUDGET: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/12/8959/17