IPPR Scotland have said that varying income tax would be redistributive, whilst matching the plans of the UK Tory Government, as the SNP currently do in the Scottish Budget, would be ‘highly regressive.’
Scottish Labour would set the Scottish rate of income tax 1 penny higher than the rate set by George Osborne to stop cuts to schools and local services.
Scottish Labour Public Services Spokesperson Jackie Baillie said:
“This is another expert group confirming that this is a fair way to stop hundreds of millions of cuts to our local services.
“Ahead of another key vote on the Scottish rate of income tax this week the SNP has been left with no credible excuse for opposing Labour's plans to stop the cuts to education and local services.
“Faced with the choice between using the powers of the Scottish Parliament and cuts to our children’s future, we choose to use the powers and stop the cuts.
“This is about investing in the future of our country; we can’t cut the gap between the richest and the rest in our classrooms if we are cutting the budgets of our schools.
“The SNP find themselves on the same side of the argument as the Tories, endorsing George Osborne’s tax plans when we can make different, and fairer, choices no