The Council Tax is regressive, it should be scrapped & replaced

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The Scottish Government have announced their plan to keep the Council Tax and make only minor adjustments, despite over half of properties being in the wrong band and no revaluation since 1991. The Council Tax is regressive, it should be scrapped & replaced with a progressive system of local taxation based on wealth.

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Our proposals would mean everyone earning less than the average wage would see their income tax reduce

Thu 12 Oct, 2017

The Scottish Green MSPs today (12 Oct) published a report showing how their policy of creating new rates and bands of income tax would make most Scots better off.

It comes after Scottish Ministers said they intend to bring forward a discussion paper on income tax ahead of the 2018-19 draft budget due in December.

Green MSPs gave their support for the 2017-18 budget after ministers agreed to cancel a proposed income tax cut for high earners and reverse proposed cuts of £160million to local council services. 

The government must be ready to listen before putting a budget before parliament

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 6 Oct, 2017

Party conference season is upon us. With Theresa May’s farcical performance in Manchester earlier this week, every other leader can be confident that’d be hard put to do any worse. This weekend it’s the turn of the SNP, whose members will no doubt be eager for some positive, upbeat announcements to cheer.

The first of these was announced on Tuesday; the temporary moratorium on fracking and other forms of extreme energy production will be extended. These technologies will not be deployed in Scotland, and this will certainly feature prominently in the First Ministers speech.

Greens outline plans to cut income tax for low earners

Wed 20 Sep, 2017

Low earners will see their income tax cut under radical proposals to be outlined by the Scottish Green MSPs today at an opposition debate at Holyrood.

The party’s co-convener Patrick Harvie will also make the case for why those on high incomes should pay “a fairer share” to improve public services in Scotland.

Glasgow MSP Patrick Harvie said:

We must keep pushing the Scottish Government beyond its comfort zone

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 8 Sep, 2017

Over the summer I’ve spoken with both supporters and critics of the SNP who agree that the mood has been somewhat flat in recent years, compared with the more dynamic and innovative years of their first spell of minority government from 2007-11. The First Minister seemed to recognise this, indicating over the recess that her government had a need for a reset.

Programme for Government shows Green influence but ministers must go further to make Scotland fairer

Tue 5 Sep, 2017

Scottish Green MSPs said today's Programme for Government, outlined by the First Minister in Parliament, showed the benefit of Green influence but warned that ministers must be prepared to go further to make Scotland fairer.

Nicola Sturgeon announced that her government will support a raft of Green policies, including: