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SNP fail to back tax cuts for low and middle earners

April 23, 2014 7:05 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie MSP has saidWillie RennieWillie Rennie that it is puzzling that the SNP could not support plans to cut tax for people on low and middle incomes. This comes after the SNP voted against a Scottish Liberal Democrat amendment supporting moves by the Liberal Democrat in the UK Government.

The increasing of the income tax threshold has already seen 224,000 of the lowest earners lifted out of tax altogether. More than 2 million Scots have been given a £700 tax cut.

Speaking after the parliamentary debate on the living wag0065, Mr Rennie said:

"Despite previous proclamations of support for cutting tax for people on low and middle incomes, this reveals how hollow those words were. This vote confirms that the SNP do not favour helping those who would benefit from a tax cut most.

"It is puzzling why a party that claims to be on the side of workers is against our proposals which have already been delivered. We want to go further by raising the threshold to £12,500 so that people in the minimum wage would no longer pay any income tax. This is real action by government which delivers a stronger economy and a fairer society, enabling more people to get on in life.

"Scottish Liberal Democrats have lifted 224,000 of the lowest earners out of tax altogether. More than 2 million Scots have been given a £700 tax cut. It is puzzling that the SNP could not support this."