The Scottish Parliament has approved our Income Tax proposals for 2018-19 that will make our tax system even fairer and invest more in our vital public services.
Here’s what you need to know.
✅ 7 in 10 taxpayers will pay less
From 1 April, 70 per cent of taxpayers in Scotland will pay less in Income Tax than they do now, including everyone earning less than £33,000. And, for the majority of taxpayers, Scotland is the lowest taxed part of the UK.
✅ More will be invested in vital public services
In the coming year, the Scottish budget will:
- invest £400 million extra in our NHS;
- deliver £120 million direct to schools to reduce the attainment gap between children from the least and most disadvantaged backgrounds;
- increase day to day spending on local council services;
- protect the frontline police budget; and
- invest nearly a quarter of a billion in our plan to near double provision of early years education and childcare.
✅ Taxpayers benefit from the best deal anywhere in the UK
This year Scottish taxpayers will benefit from:
- lower Council Tax bills than in England - by almost £500 per year;
- a 3 per cent pay rise for public servants earning less than £36,500;
- higher health spending than the UK average and free prescriptions;
- no university tuition fees; and
- free personal and nursing care protected and expanded to under 65s who need it.
👎 Labour and Tory tax proposals don’t add up
The Tories want to cut public services by £500 million to pay for tax cuts for the wealthiest. And Labour haven’t applied basic economic rules to their fantasy tax proposals - meaning their sums on how much they would raise could be miles out.
Only the SNP has delivered a credible budget that invests in public services and makes Income Tax fairer.
- Scotland: the best deal for taxpayers anywhere in the UK.
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