89% rise in in­come of big­gest earn­ers

Sunday Mail (UK) - - News -

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.”

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