TORIES PLOTTING TRIPLE WHAMMY FOR HOUSEHOLD BUDGETS
Monday, 18 January 2016 11:50
MARGARET MITCHELL MSP CHALLENGED ON “HYPOCRISY” AS LOW TAX COMMITMENT FALLS APART
Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has challenged the sole Tory list MSP in Central Scotland, Margaret Mitchell, on the “hypocrisy” of her party’s posturing against tax rises while proposing a triple whammy of tax rises on household budgets.
Election material delivered last week boasted that the Tories would “oppose tax rises for Scots”, despite also announcing a proposed tax hike on students and graduates, plans to re-introduce the tax on ill health through prescription charges and the Tory-led Moray Council proposing an “eye-watering” Council Tax rise of 18% – which would see the bill for a Band D property rise by £204 a year.
Commenting, Angus MacDonald MSP said:
“The Tories are guilty of sheer hypocrisy by posturing as being against tax rises while at the same time proposing taxes on ill-health and education.
“Voters in Falkirk district are too savvy to fall for this blatant misdirection. Margaret Mitchell MSP’s proposals to hammer those who suffer from ill-health or wish to better themselves through education are yet more of the same Tory policies people in Scotland have been rejecting for decades.
“It’s staggering that voters around the country are receiving leaflets promising that Margaret Mitchell will oppose tax rises in the same week as one of her own council groups proposes an eye-watering 18% rise in Council Tax – and it’s no wonder the Triple Tax Tories just endured their worst election result in Scotland in 150 years.
“In contrast the SNP is delivering for people in my Falkirk East constituency with a council tax freeze, the abolition of prescription charges and a clear commitment to keep education free of charge.
“The SNP will spend the next four months leading an ambitious, national debate about how to keep Scotland moving forward through progressive policies – and will reject the regressive, right-wing agenda of the Tories wholesale.”