SNP refuse to used evolved pow­ers

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reformer View -

I am sur­prised the SNP man­i­festo now says it wants an ad­di­tional rate of in­come tax of 50p through­out the UK from 2018/19.

It is sur­pris­ing be­cause the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has re­fused to in­tro­duce a 50p rate in Scot­land de­spite hav­ing the de­volved pow­ers to do so for some time.

In­deed at one stage Ms Stur­geon de­scribed a 50p rate of tax as laugh­able.

This demon­strates not only a fail­ure to use the de­volved pow­ers to pro­tect the peo­ple of Scot­land from Tory aus­ter­ity cuts, but a party in com­plete dis­ar­ray on a key pol­icy is­sue.

Scot­land needs MPs at West­min­ster who are clear in their sup­port for a pro­gres­sive tax sys­tem to pro­tect public ser­vices, not MPs who rep­re­sent a party that has not had the com­mit­ment to ac­tu­ally im­ple­ment it.

Coun­cil­lor Mar­garet Walker Cam­bus­lang West

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