The SNP government’s budget protects low and middle income earners and delivers for public services and workers, MSP Rona Mackay has said.
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay laid his budget plans before the Scottish Parliament on December 14.
The budget delivers progressive reforms to Scotland’s income tax system, with modest increases on high earners while a majority of taxpayers will pay less than in the rest of the UK. Polling has found that most Scots back an increase in income tax for those who can afford it.
The finance secretary also outlined plans to spend an additional £400 million on the NHS, an expansion in childcare, more spending on broadband, extra funding for our police and fire services – and a pay rise for hard-working public sector employees.
Ms Mackay said: “This is a budget for a stronger economy and a fairer society – with increased funding for our NHS and protection for low and middle income earners.
“The Scottish Government is delivering lower income tax for the vast majority of Scots, with every worker earning less than £33,000 paying less in tax next year – while protecting public services across Strathkelvin and Bearsden that we all hold dear.
“This budget brings an additional £400 million for our NHS, delivers a pay rise for public sector workers, £756 million for affordable homes, additional funding for the arts and culture sector, a £4 billion investment in infrastructure, including in superfast broadband – as well as significant investments in research, education and childcare.
“In the face of the challenges presented by a cut to Scottish Government funding, ongoing Tory austerity, and their extreme Brexit – this budget provides the investment we need to meet these challenges and seize the opportunities of tomorrow.”
PRESS RELEASE FROM RONA MACKAY MSP
BY ALAN FERGUSON (07341061722)
FRIDAY DECEMBER 15 2017