MSP Derek wants in­come tax de­bate

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page -

Ren­frew­shire MSP Derek Mackay is ask­ing po­lit­i­cal lead­ers about changes to in­come tax in Scot­land.

The Holy­rood Fi­nance Sec­re­tary is ask­ing op­po­nents to nail down their pro­pos­als about how pub­lic ser­vices such as schools and hos­pi­tals are paid for.

He also wants to find out what Scot­tish Labour, the Tories, Lib Dems and the Greens would like to see as their top rate of tax.

The SNP mem­ber for Ren­frew­shire North and West said:“This is the start of a cross-party dis­cus­sion around how we con­tinue to fund high qual­ity pub­lic ser­vices across Scot­land, and I want to en­sure that pro­pos­als from all par­ties are rep­re­sented.

“This is a chance for the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment to have a se­ri­ous de­bate about tax­a­tion and pub­lic ser­vices and I hope that all par­ties will par­tic­i­pate con­struc­tively in that dis­cus­sion.”

He added he hopes the re­sults will help shape dis­cus­sions on tax ahead of this year’s bud­get and they may en­able a cross party po­si­tion to emerge.

Mr Mackay said it was im­por­tant that po­lit­i­cal lead­ers in­form him if their party’s in­come tax pol­icy has changed since the 2016 elec­tion, which was pre­sented in last year’s bud­get talks.

The dis­cus­sion pa­per will be pub­lished later this year, ahead of the 2018/19 draft bud­get.

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