In a week when local councils are being asked to accept a £350 million cut in their support grant from the Scottish government, the question has to be asked, why?
The SNP argued that they wanted more powers for Holyrood – but now that they have them they are not using them. They claim to be anti-austerity – but instead are forcing council cuts onto their electorate while at the same time blocking councils from increasing council tax.
Scottish Labour announced a more sensible approach this week – a one per cent increase in income tax, with a £100 rebate for those on low incomes. This is a progressive tax because of the tax threshold for lower earners and the increasing amounts to be paid by higher earners.
We can argue all day about Westminster cutting the money that has gone to the Scottish government; but in the meantime this is a solution which saves council cuts and saves council jobs.
Scottish Labour is showing Scotland the way and I hope that readers remember that in the May elections. Vote Scottish Labour, vote for Robina Barton.
Scottish Labour agent for Robina Barton