Vital services must not pay price for a council tax freeze

A council tax freeze must be sustainably funded and ensure vulnerable people don't pay the price.

Scottish Greens · Ross Greer says council tax freeze must be sustainably funded

Commenting on the First Minister’s announcement of a council tax freeze in 2024-25, Scottish Greens finance spokesperson Ross Greer MSP said: 

“We are concerned about the effect this freeze could have on already-strained frontline public services if it is not properly funded.

“Our local councils and people who rely on services like social care, schools and early years centres must not lose out as a result of this announcement.

“Green MSPs will now work with our government colleagues in the SNP to work through the details, ensure that their decision is sustainably financed and that the most vulnerable people in our communities do not see the services they rely on being underfunded as a result.

“The First Minister is right to want to support those who are struggling the most through the cost of living crisis, but the way to do that is to completely replace the deeply unfair Council Tax with a more progressive system.

“As we have repeatedly highlighted, council tax is a ludicrously broken system. It hasn’t been accurate since before I was born, with most people now paying the wrong rate as a result of those 1991 valuations. 

“The Scottish Greens have ensured that Scotland’s income tax system is the fairest in the UK, raising a billion pounds more every year for essential services like the NHS and our schools by asking those earning the most to pay a bit more. That is the progressive approach we will take once again as we work with SNP colleagues to agree the national budget for 2024-25.”