COUNCIL TAX REFORM TO BOOST SCHOOL FUNDING
Friday, 04 November 2016 15:50
The Scottish Parliament has backed the SNP’s plans to reform local council tax, paving the way for an additional £500 million in education spending over this parliament.
The majority of households will see no rise in their bills due to these changes. While those who can afford to pay more will see a moderate increase in their bills, all households will continue to pay less on average than under council tax regimes in England.
Schools in the Falkirk District are set to benefit from the increased spending as the SNP take forward plans to close the attainment gap between those from low-income and high-income families.
The overwhelming vote in favour of the change is the first step in the process of reforming council tax, with the Scottish Government committing to further discussions on fair and progressive taxation.
Commenting, SNP MSP Angus MacDonald said:
“This reform represents the SNP’s continued commitment to a fair and progressive system of local taxation, with £100m delivered for our schools each year while keeping bills down for most households.
“Improving standards in schools is the SNP’s number one priority in government and this investment is a major step forward in achieving this.
“The extra revenue raised by these reforms will be invested into schools in the Falkirk District, with funding targeted at schools with the greatest need.
“This is an important step in making sure that council tax reflects the ability to pay, while making an important difference to schools in Falkirk District.”