89% rise in income of biggest earners
The income of people earning more than £ 150,000 has soared by 89 per cent since the Tories came to power, official figures show.
The total income of this group has increased from £ 3.7billion in 2010-11 to £ 7billion in 2015-16, the most recent data available from HM Revenue and Customs shows.
By contrast , people earning less than £20,000 a year have seen their incomes rise by just 1.8 per cent over the same period.
Scottish Labour have seized on the figures to urge the SNP Government to use their powers to make bold moves to tax the rich.
The par ty’s f inance spokesman James Kel ly said: “These figures show we need to drop the timid tinkering on tax we have seen from the SNP.
“It’s time for real change, not just more of the same – a more equal Scotland where the broadest shoulders bear the biggest burden.
“The income of Scotland’s super rich is soaring but the SNP’s income tax changes tinkered around the edges, putting only a penny on the top rate.
“The impact of that is cuts to public services and squeezed living standards for working class people in Scotland, with over 400,000 people in Scot land earning less than the living wage.”