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How is the SNP supporting Scotland’s island communities?

The SNP Scottish Government has worked with the ‘Our Islands, Our Future’ campaign and the Islands Strategic Group to develop proposals that meet the unique needs of Scotland’s islands. This work has led to the passing of the Islands Act to empower our island communities and to support economic growth. The Act introduces measures to…

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What will the Scottish budget mean for local council funding

The SNP Scottish Government’s 2018-19 budget has protected local government spending by delivering a total core funding package of £10.5 billion for local services, a £94.2 million increase from last year. By allocating £179 million to local authorities through the Attainment Scotland Fund we will reduce pressure on education, and the transfer of £355 million…

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How are the SNP devolving powers to local communities?

We believe the best people to decide the future of our communities are the people who live in those communities. We’ll consult on and introduce new legislation to decentralise local authority functions, budgets and democratic oversight to local communities. We will also give people much more control over how public money is spent in their…

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Will you introduce a Local Income Tax?

Our package of reforms include changes to the present Council Tax system from next year that will make it fairer, while protecting people on less than the median income.

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What do the SNP’s reforms to Council Tax mean?

The SNP are committed to a tax system that is proportionate to people’s ability to pay. That’s why our plans will ensure those living in lower-band properties A to D – at least 75 per cent of all households in Scotland – will pay the same, or even less, than they do today in Council Tax.

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What are the SNP Scottish Government doing to support rural Scotland?

The SNP Scottish Government established the Rural Parliament in 2014 to ensure that the needs of rural communities were considered, debated and acted upon. The Scottish Parliament has also passed the Community Empowerment Act which requires public bodies to consider how to engage with local communities.

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How are the SNP using the Community Empowerment Act to encourage businesses locally?

The SNP Government are using powers under the Community Empowerment Act to allow councils to reduce business rates, giving them an opportunity to tailor rates to their local area. Councils will also be able to retain all the business rates they collect. With this new flexibility councils will be able to use their local knowledge…

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