Greens list de­mands for bud­get sup­port

Sunday Herald - - POLITICAL NEWS - BY RON McKAY

THE Scot­tish Greens have set out a list of de­mands that the SNP must meet be­fore the party will sup­port its bud­get next year. Th­ese in­clude tax rises for higher earn­ers and tax cuts for lower earn­ings.

“We have a very clear mes­sage for the Fi­nance Sec­re­tary,” co-con­vener Pa­trick Harvie said. “This is the only way you’ll get Green sup­port for the bud­get.”

Speak­ing at the party’s au­tumn con­fer­ence in Ed­in­burgh, Harvie told mem­bers that tax re­form was the “only way” the SNP Gov­ern­ment could ex­pect sup­port for the 2018-19 bud­get.

He de­manded a fully-funded, above in­fla­tion pub­lic-sec­tor pay in­crease. And he re­it­er­ated his call for the SNP to drop its pol­icy of cut­ting tax for the avi­a­tion in­dus­try and wealthy fre­quent fly­ers.

Harvie said: “We also need to see a pub­lic-sec­tor pay rise above in­fla­tion and funded be­cause merely scrap­ping the cap without pro­vid­ing the re­sources will change noth­ing. We need lo­cal au­thor­i­ties funded to re­store lost value, and we need in­vest­ment in low car­bon in­fra­struc­ture to hit 70 per cent by the end of this Par­lia­ment.”

He added: “We can’t do any of that without tax re­form. Let’s cut tax for low earn­ers and re­duce in­equal­ity.”

Per Bol­und, Swe­den’s Min­is­ter for Fi­nan­cial Mar­kets

Pho­to­graph: Ste­wart Attwood

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