Taxrises for Scots ‘bound to hap­pen’

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS -

Tax rises for Scots are “in­evitable”, a for­mer SNP cabi­net sec­re­tary has warned, say­ing the only ques­tion is by how much they will go up and who will have to pay more.

For­mer jus­tice sec­re­tary Kenny Ma­cAskill said it seemed cer­tain tax pay­ers are fac­ing a hike in charges and he told mid­dle in­come Scots it was “right” they could not ben­e­fit from ser­vices such as free pre­scrip­tions and free univer­sity ed­u­ca­tion with­out pay­ing to­wards the costs.

But he also warned it was “hard to see” how a tax rise could pay for new ser­vices – or even fund the ex­ist­ing level of pro­vi­sion.

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