LONDON LABOUR CUTS BLOCK FAIR TAXATION
SNP MSP Joe FitzPatrick today welcomed the extension of the council tax freeze to a full four years.
John Swinney today confirmed that the SNP Government will support a council tax freeze in 2010/11 and 2011/12.
No council tax bill will need to increase under this SNP Government.
Joe FitzPatrick also condemned Labour’s £1 billion of cuts to Scotland’s budget, cuts that will stop Scottish tax payers receiving the biggest tax cut in a generation and the unholy alliance of Labour and the Tories who have blocked SNP efforts to scrap the council tax.
Mr FitzPatrick said:
“Today’s confirmation that council tax will not increase by one penny in the next three years is excellent news for taxpayers across Scotland.
“In 2011/12, the SNP Government will provide the resources to ensure that Scotland’s council tax payers will be paying no more than they did in 2007.
“With opposition parties blocking moves to scrap the Council Tax – after it doubled under the Tories and Labour – the SNP freeze is helping hard pressed families during tough times. Continuing the freeze for four full years will bring real benefit to household budgets.
“An unholy alliance of Labour and the Tories has conspired to keep the council tax.
“If parliament will not reflect the desire of the people of Scotland to scrap the Council Tax, we will take the case for fair local tax to the people in 2011 – and the ‘council tax cabal’ will pay the price at the ballot box.”