Tue 28 Jun, 2016

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. Patrick Harvie MSP

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“It’s time for a fair local tax to replace the outdated Council Tax and new Income Tax powers should be used to ensure that everyone on a below average income pays less, while those with the broadest shoulders pay a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.”

 

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