Tories to cost Falkirk District households £700 a year
Sunday, 02 January 2011 17:08
SNP protects family incomes
The Tory government is set to cost households in Falkirk district nearly £700 a year.
The Tories VAT hike – introduced on January 4th - will hit Scottish households by an average of £597 a year from 4th January and contrasts with the SNP’s New Year’s resolution to freeze the council tax, extend the living wage and abolish prescription charges to protect family budgets.
At the same time recent increases in energy prices will see average gas bills increase by between £60 and £70 a year before this winters cold conditions are taken into account as the Tory Government fails to address fuel poverty across the UK.
In contrast the SNP in Government will abolish prescription charges and freeze the council tax as well as extending the living wage to all workers for which it has responsibility – helping to protect and boost household budgets.
Over four years the SNP’s council tax freeze will save household around £240 with up to £180 saved through reductions in prescription charges.
SNP candidate for Falkirk East, Grangemouth Councillor Angus MacDonald said:
“There will be few families in Falkirk district that can afford the cost of a Tory government in London.
“As we struggle to recover from the recession the Tories are set to cost households in Falkirk distrct around £700 in the next year – a cost that could put jobs and economic recovery at risk, not to mention putting household budgets under real strain.
“The VAT hike alone will cost Scottish households £600 a year while energy and petrol bills continue to soar.
“Managing household budgets, like national budgets, is a tough task when the amount of money available is falling. We all know it can be difficult to keep up with the demands on spending, even for basic necessities.
“Many households will find 2011 hard as energy and fuel bills increase and government support for vulnerable families is cut yet the Tory tax hike continues.
“As part of our contract with Scotland the SNP is supporting household budgets by putting in place the funds for a council tax freeze, abolishing prescription charges and extending the living wage. We recognise the challenges ahead and where we have the powers to protect household incomes and support our services that is what the SNP will do.
“At May’s election it is only the SNP that has a record of supporting household budgets while the Tories take £700 from Scottish pockets and Labour plot thousands of pounds of local and national tax increases to fund their own plans instead of protecting public priorities.”