Never enough

The Scotsman - - Perspective / Letters To The Editor -

Joyce Mcmil­lan ar­gues that we should re­turn to 1970s lev­els of tax­a­tion in or­der to solve the poverty prob­lem (Per­spec­tive, 7 De­cem­ber). Al­low me to re­mind her that when we paid 33 per cent in­come tax there was never enough money for pub­lic ser­vices, which in those days were far less ex­ten­sive than the vast pro­vi­sion we have to­day.

Any­way, we do pay just as much tax as other coun­tries, if you add in NI, VAT etc. And we get ev­ery­thing for free, they don’t. Gov­ern­ments have a re­spon­si­bil­i­ty­foren­cour­ag­ing eco­nomic growth, not sti­fling it by rais­ing taxes. A healthy econ­omy is the only way to solve the poverty prob­lem.

BRIAN CAR­SON

Bel­mont Gar­dens, Ed­in­burgh

I have not in­spected the struc­ture so can­not say if this spe­cific is­sue re­lates to the cur­rent prob­lem but it will cer­tainly arise in fu­ture.

On the pos­i­tive side, we seem on the brink of a trans­fer of as­sets to the com­mu­nity, as­sum­ing an ap­pro­pri­ate main­te­nance dowry, re­turn­ing con­trol to the folk who live in the area. I have seen many ex­am­ples of lo­cal em­pow­er­ment

and com­mu­nity con­fi­dence through land own­er­ship and wish the Aviemore and Glen­more Com­mu­nity Trust well for the fu­ture.

JOHN C HUTCHI­SON

Badabrie Fort Wil­liam, In­ver­nessshire

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