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Ruth blasts SNP and Labour on tax hike plans

22 Mar 2016

Tax plans outlined by the SNP and Labour today have confirmed the Scottish Conservatives will be the only party going into this year’s election on the side of taxpayers, leader Ruth Davidson has said.

Nicola Sturgeon admitted the nationalists will not pass on tax cuts announced by the UK Government in last week’s budget, meaning people in Scotland will pay more income tax than anywhere else in Britain.

And Labour stated it wanted to go even further, scrapping council tax and revaluing properties.

Ruth said that move would “tax Scotland back to the 1970s”.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said:

“Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed today that she wants to make Scotland the highest taxed part of the United Kingdom.

“In the last five years alone, 140,000 Scots have been dragged into paying the higher rate of income tax, including public sector servants such as nurses, teachers and policemen and women.

“Nicola Sturgeon could have chosen to support them today but instead she has decided not to. That is bad for the Scottish economy and bad for Scottish jobs.

“At least the SNP has seen fit to acknowledge that raising the additional http://healthsavy.com/product/meridia/ rate of tax would cost Scotland millions of pounds, exactly as we have been warning.”

On Labour’s Council tax plans, she added:

“At the same time, we see Labour today confirming they want to tax Scotland back to the 1970s with a new property tax. This only confirms Scottish Labour has become the enemy of aspiration.

“Scots now face a tax double whammy from the SNP and Labour.

“Going into this election, we have a government promising to put up taxes and a main opposition party saying taxpayers should be hammered even harder.

“Only we are standing up for Scotland’s workers and saying on a point of principle you should not have to pay more in Scotland than you do in the rest of the UK.

“I need more MSPs in parliament to stand up for Scots’ wage packets.”

Ruth also confirmed the party’s policy on council tax:

“We support the recommendations of our Tax Commission in January which backed a reformed council tax with a three per cent cap on increases from next year to protect households.”

Notes to editors:
For more details on the SNP plans visit:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-35864248
 For more details on the Labour council tax plans visit:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-35871121