MORE than half of Scots will receive an income tax cut thanks to the SNP government’s 2018 budget, MSP Gil Paterson has said.
The Clydebank and Milngavie MSP welcomed the tax cut as stage 3 of the Budget (Scotland) (No. 2) Bill was laid before the Scottish Parliament.
Around 70 per cent of taxpayers will pay no moreincome tax than they currently do and high earners will be contributing more to make up for a decade of Tory austerity.
The changes to income tax in Scotland will see a modest increase for those earning more than £33,000 and those under will keep more of their pay – 70 per cent of Scots will see no increase and 55 per cent will pay less than anywhere else in the UK.
The budget will also deliver an additional £400 million for the NHS, an expansion in childcare, more spending on broadband, extra funding for our police and fire services, and a pay rise for hard-working public sector employees.
“A modest increase on income tax for higher earners is absolutely necessary given the constant cuts to Scotland’s budget since Tory austerity started in 2010.
“We hold our public services very dear and to stop them falling apart – like many in the rest of the UK are – we need to invest in them.
“It’s great news for the majority of Scots, who will pay less income tax than last year and less income tax than anywhere else in the UK.
“I think most people in Clydebank and Milngavie will be very much in favour of this budget– the polling certainly indicates two to one Scots back us.”
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