Shift in direction needed to tackle rise in income inequality

Statistics published by the Scottish Government showing a rise in income inequality serve as a call for immediate cross-party action says Patrick Harvie MSP. 

The Scottish Greens co-convener wants the minority government to consider his party’s radical proposals for council and income tax reforms. 

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

“Tackling poverty in Scotland requires political parties to work together to find common cause. This government doesn’t have a majority and we’ve always said that we’ll work with the SNP and others where we can find common ground for the common good.

“It’s time for a fair local tax to replace the outdated Council Tax and new Income Tax powers should be used to ensure that everyone on a below average income pays less, while those with the broadest shoulders pay a fairer share of tax. Without a shift in direction from the Scottish Government, we’ll find ourselves looking at similar statistics again next year wishing our parliament had done more.”