Greens list demands for budget support
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.”
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