London Daily

Focus on the big picture.
Wednesday, Feb 21, 2024

MSPs urged to back tax-raising Scottish budget

MSPs urged to back tax-raising Scottish budget

The Scottish government will urge MSPs to vote for a budget later, that it says will help people most impacted by the cost of living crisis.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said his 2023/24 proposals would also create jobs and help Scotland reach its climate targets.

They include an income tax rise for everyone earning more than £43,662.

Mr Swinney called on MSPs them to back the decision to channel "limited resources" where they are needed most.

Opposition parties have criticised the plans, but the deputy first minister - who is standing in for finance secretary Kate Forbes - said he hoped they would acknowledge the challenging economic conditions.

The rate at which prices are rising has dropped back slightly, but inflation remains near a 40-year high.

In response, the Bank of England increased interest rates to 4% earlier this month, the highest level for 14 years.

Scotland's income tax changes will see both the higher and top rates increased by 1p, rising to 42p and 47p respectively.


While the threshold for the 42p tax rate will be frozen, the Scottish government is proposing those earning £125,140 a year or more will pay the very top rate of income tax.

The lowering of the top rate tax threshold from £150,000 has already been announced for other parts of the UK by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt.

Income tax rates in Scotland, as well as several other taxes, are set by the Scottish government rather than at Westminster.

The increases are a significant departure from the SNP's manifesto aim not to alter income tax rates for the duration of this parliament.

Mr Swinney previously said that the changes will raise a total of £553m next year when taken alongside changes to other taxes including Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) - the Scottish equivalent of stamp duty.

Health and social care is one of the biggest challenges facing the Scottish government


Ahead of the vote Mr Swinney highlighted an increase in the Scottish Child Payment (SCP) and a £5.2bn investment in Social Security, with benefits due to rise by 10.1% from April.

The chancellor had already confirmed that benefits and pensions paid by the UK government would also rise by that figure.

The deputy first minister also said his income tax proposals would result in record funding of more than £19bn for health and social care.

Mr Swinney added: "The budget rejects austerity and provides relief for those in most need.

"It invests in transforming the economy and creating sustainable, high quality jobs which pay a fair wage, while confirming our commitment to future generations by continuing the drive towards net zero."

He also pledged to support the country's 32 local authorities.

Mr Swinney said: "We cannot do everything but this represents a more progressive path which asks everyone to contribute their fair share towards creating a fair, inclusive and successful Scotland that we all want to see."

Scotland's councils are facing a £700m funding gap for the coming financial year


The Scottish Greens, who are in government with the SNP at Holyrood, said the budget "puts tackling child poverty and helping the most vulnerable at its heart".

The party's finance spokesman Ross Greer added: "This is also the greenest budget in the history of the Scottish parliament, with over two billion pounds to tackle the climate and nature crises.

"That includes record funding for walking, wheeling and cycling, a massive investment in helping people make their homes cheaper and easier to heat, new nature restoration projects and more money for our national parks."

But the Scottish Conservative accused the SNP-Green government of presiding over "savage cuts", despite high income rates and the largest block grants since devolution began.

Finance spokeswoman Liz Smith said: "This has particularly hit councils, underfunded and neglected by Holyrood for years, with a devastating impact for services on which we all rely.

"Yet the SNP government has ploughed on with its plans for a National Care Service, for which hundreds of millions has been budgeted although the details about how, or whether, it will work are almost non-existent.

"Almost every expert and stake holding body in the field has criticised the current plans as completely inadequate and the wrong priority while frontline services are being hacked back."

Newsletter

Related Articles

London Daily
0:00
0:00
Close
Russia is rebuilding capacity to destabilize European countries, new UK report warns
You Are So Beautiful
EU Commission wants anti-drone defenses at Brussels HQ
Postmodern Jukebox European Tour Version
Von der Leyen’s 2nd-term pitch: More military might, less climate talk
An old French tune (by Georges Brassens) Pomplamoose ft. John Schroeder
Global Law Enforcement Dismantles Lockbit Ransomware Operation
Sattahip Motor Show 20
Prince William Urges End to Gaza Conflict
SONATE AU CLAIR DE LUNE - Moonlight sonata
UK court to hear Assange's final appeal against extradition to the US, where he faces charges related to his journalistic work—the publication of a classified video in 2010 that exposed US war crimes against humanity.
A kiss to build a dream on
About 50-60% kids either chose to be YouTuber or influencer
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton (Boyce Avenue acoustic cover)
A viral video of Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce lying on a Canberra footpath is celebrated by his media mates.
Mean Blues
European Countries React to Navalny's Death by Summoning Russian Diplomats
La Chansonnette
Israel has gone ‘beyond self-defence’ in Gaza, says Labour’s Streeting
Pattaya Addicts
English farmers to be offered ‘largest ever’ grant scheme amid food security concerns
Franz Liszt - Liebestraum - Love Dream
Cameron government knew Post Office ditched Horizon IT investigation
Dream a little dream of me
EU Calls for Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza Conflict
Unchained Melody sung like you've NEVER heard!
EU Vows To Hold Putin "Accountable" After Meeting Alexei Navalny's Wife
Dave Brubeck - Take Five
EU Launches Probe Into TikTok Over Child Protection Under Digital Content Law
Édith Piaf - Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (Sofie)
The EU Initiates Naval Mission to Defend Red Sea Trade Routes
Rondo Alla Turca
EU and UK Announce Joint Effort on Migration
Kiss of fire
Brazil's Lula Likens Gaza Operation to Holocaust, Israel Says "Red Line" Crossed
Tom Jones - I´ll Never Fall In Love Again 1967, 1989, 2001
Ministers Confirm Proposal to Prohibit Mobile Phone Usage in English Schools
Israel Cachao López - Guajira Clásica
Microsoft-backed OpenAI valued at $80bn after company completes deal
Edward Maya - Stereo Love (feat. Vika Jigulina) (Extended Mix)
‘Alexei would want to tell Russia not to give up fighting’
Strauss - Radetzky March - Karajan
Rwandan Footballer's Dismissal Sparks Concerns Over UK Asylum Plan
La vie en rose
Whisky Challenges China's Baijiu Market During New Year Celebrations
The Temptations - My Girl (Smokey Robinson Tribute) 2006 Kennedy Cent
Avdiivka - Symbol Of Ukrainian Resistance Now In Control Of Russian Troops
Orlando Cachaito Lopez Redencion
Putin Critic Alexei Navalny's "Killers" Refusing To Hand Over Body, Say Allies
Edith Piaf - NON, JE NE REGRETTE RIEN
"Historic Step": Zelensky Signs Security Pact With Germany
RADETZKY MARCH-2008-Wien, New Year Concert
"Historic Step": Zelensky Signs Security Pact With Germany
Only you (And you alone)
20 Tech Giants Sign Effort To Fight AI Election Interference Across Globe
Strangers In The Night
Joe Biden Accuses Putin of Causing Navalny's Death
Charles Aznavour - La Boheme
Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny has died at the Arctic prison colony
Summer time
Tucker Carlson grocery shopping in Russia. This is so interesting.
Sting and Stevie Wonder - Fragile (from Sting's 60th birthday concert)
Julian Assange's Wife Warns of His Death if Extradited to US
Aux Champs Elysees
‘A lot higher than we expected’: Russian arms production worries Europe’s war planners
Stand By Me - Ben E. King (Boyce Avenue acoustic cover)
Greece Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage and Adoption Rights
La Mer (Beyond the Sea) – Avalon Jazz Band
Hungarian Foreign Minister: Europeans will lose Europe, the Union's policy must change drastically
She
In Britain Homeowners are receiving CPO’s (Compulsory Purchase Orders) so their homes can be redistributed to migrants
Nathalie Song by Enzo Petrachi Stjepan Hauser Cello
Microsoft says it caught hackers from China, Russia and Iran using its AI tools
Shape of My Heart - Sting (Boyce Avenue acoustic cover)
Influencers Exploit X Platform for Profit Amidst Israel-Gaza Conflict
Radiohead - Creep
Former Dutch PM And Wife Die "Together Hand In Hand" Via Duo Euthanasia
Quizás,Quizás,Quizás - Andrea Bocelli - Jennifer Lopez
Media Giant Paramount Global, Which Owns CBS News, To Cut 800 Jobs
Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps - Multi-Couples
US Rejects Putin's Ceasefire Offer in Ukraine
Pentatonix Havana
"History is Watching": Biden Encourages US House to Approve Ukrainian War Aid
Paula Cole - Autumn Leaves
Wolf! Wolf!: Joe Biden Joins TikTok Despite Washington's Security Risk Warnings
Oscar Benton Bensonhurst Blues
A Londoner has been arrested for expressing his Christian beliefs.
OH NANANA vs ABUSADAMENTE
Chinese Women Favor AI Boyfriends Over Humans
Nina Simone - ”I Put A Spell On You”. Vezi aici cum cântă Jeremy Ragsd
Kylie Minogue to receive Brits global icon award and will perform at ceremony
NIGHTWISH - The Phantom Of The Opera
Greece must address role in migrant vessel disaster that killed 600: Amnesty
Motorshow 2016 Tanjay Negros Oriental
Russian Oligarch's Seized Yacht Costs More Than $7 Million A Year To Maintain: US
Monica Bellucci - Ti Amo
Bitcoin Reaches $50,000 for First Time in Over Two Years
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean Milena The Voice France 2018
Travis Kelce's First Words to Taylor Swift After Winning the Super Bowl Have Us Swooning
Michael Buble (Help Me Make It Through The Night) feat Loren Allred
Memories Canon In D - Maroon 5 (Boyce Avenue piano acoustic cover)
Matteo Simoni - Marina
Maroon 5 - One More Night
Maroon 5 - Memories
Mark Knopfler - Brothers In Arms (Berlin 2007 Live)
Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris - Romeo And Juliet (Real Live Roadrunni
Marina, Marina - The LUCKY DUCKIES intimist live concert at Guimarães
Major Lazer & DJ Snake – Lean On Mauranne The Voice France 2016
Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet - Joslin - Henri Mancini, Nino Rota
LoLa & Hauser - Love Story
Linkin Park Jay-Z - Numb Encore (Live 8 2005)
Hallelujah Mennel Ibtissem, The Voice France Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen - Dance Me to the End of Love
Leonard Cohen & Natasha Rostova - Dance me to the end of love
La casa de papel - Bella Ciao
La Camisa Negra
L'italiano (Toto Cutugno) - The Gypsy Queens
Juanes - La Camisa Negra
Jonathan and Charlotte - Britain's Got Talent 2012 Live Semi Final - U
John Powell - Assassin's Tango
Joe Cocker - You Can Leave Your Hat On (LIVE in Dortmund)
Joe Cocker - Unchain My Heart 2002 Live
Joe Cocker - A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Jay Z & Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind LIVE
Jason Mraz - Im Yours (live)
Jarrod Radnich - Bohemian Rhapsody - Virtuosic Piano Solo
James Blunt - You're Beautiful
James Blunt - You're Beautiful & Bonfire Heart (Live at The Nobel Peac)
If You Go Away - Helen Merrill & Stan Getz (Tribute to Virna Lisi)
I'LL BE MISSING YOU
I Say a Little Prayer
Hotel California ( Eagles ) 1994 Live
Historia de un amor - Luz Casal. Vezi interpretarea Biancăi Sumanariu
Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles (Boyce Avenue acoustic cover) on Spot
Heart - Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin - Kennedy Center Honors
HAVANA by Camila Cabello Zumba Pre Cooldown TML Crew Kramer Pastra
HAUSER and Señorita - I Will Always Love You
HAUSER - Waka Waka
HAUSER - Sway
HAUSER - Lambada
HAUSER - Historia de un Amor
HAUSER - Despacito
Great Pretender
Georgia May Foote & Giovanni Pernice Samba to 'Volare' - Strictly Come
Gary Moore - Still Got The Blues
GIPSY KINGS VOLARE Penelope Cruz
Fugees - Killing Me Softly With His Song
French Latino - Historia de un Amor
For A Few Dollars More The Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Live)
Flashdance • What a Feeling • Irene Cara
Filip Rudan - “Someone You Loved” Audicija 4 The Voice Hrvatska Sez
Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight
Enya - Only Time
Enrique Iglesias - Bailando (English Version) ft. Sean Paul
Enrique Iglesias - Bailamos
Elena Yerevan Historia de un amor
Ed Sheeran - Shape of You (Official Music Video)
Ed Sheeran - Perfect Symphony [with Andrea Bocelli]
Ed Sheeran - Perfect (Official Music Video)
Easy On Me - Adele (Boyce Avenue 90’s style piano acoustic cover) on S
ERA - Ameno
ELENA YEREVAN- Cancion Del Mariachi-IN STUDIO-2017 DPR
Dust In The Wind - Kansas (Boyce Avenue acoustic cover)
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
Despacito x Shape Of You - Pentatonix
Deep Purple - Child In Time - Live (1970)
David Foster When A Man Loves A WomanIt's A Mans World (SealMichael Bo
Dance me to the end of Love ( Pi-Air Design )
Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise (feat. L.V.) [Official Music Video]
Conquest Of Paradise (Vangelis), played on Böhm Emporio organ
Cielito Lindo
Chico & The Gypsies - Bamboleo
Canción Del Mariachi - Antonio Banderas, Los Lobos • Desperado
Camila Cabello - Havana (Audio) ft. Young Thug
Camila Cabello - Havana ( cover by J.Fla )
California Dreamin' - The Mamas & The Papas José Feliciano (Boyce Ave
Buster Benton - Money Is The Name of The Game
Hallelujah Pentatonix
Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy (Official Music Video)
Bob Dylan - Knockin' On Heaven's Door Emilia The Voice Kids France
Besame Mucho - Cesaria Evora
Ben E. King - Stand by Me Sax Cover Alexandra Ilieva Thomann
Bella Ciao
Bella Ciao - INSTRUMENTAL
Beautiful in White x Canon in D (Piano Cover by Riyandi Kusuma)
Bad Romance - Vintage 1920's Gatsby Style Lady Gaga Cover ft. Ariana Savalas & Sarah Reich(1)
BELLA CIAO 2020 - KARAOKE ITALIANO
BAMBOLEO - Gipsy Kings • Antonio Banderas, Katya Virshilas
BAILANDO (original)
Awesome Ukrainian yodeler - SOFIA SHKIDCHENKO (with English subtitles)
Avicii - The Nights
Atom - The Great Gig in the Sky
Aretha Franklin - (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (Official Ly
Antonio Banderas - Cancion del Mariachi (Desperado)
André Rieu - Zorba's Dance (Sirtaki)
André Rieu - Can't Help Falling In Love
André Rieu & Mirusia - Ave Maria
Andrew Reyes Elton John - Don't Let The Sun Go Down The Voice 2020 (
Andreas Kümmert Whiter Shade Of Pale The Voice of Germany 2013 Showd
And I Love You So
All About That Bass - Postmodern Jukebox European Tour Version
Alan Walker - Faded (Piano Cover)
Ain't No Sunshine -- Bill Withers (cover by Canen 12 y.o.)
African music
Adriana Vidović - “Creep” Audicija 4 The Voice Hrvatska Sezona 3
Adriana Vidović - “Believer” Nokaut 3 The Voice Hrvatska Sezona 3
A Fistful of Dollars - The Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Tuva
4 Beautiful Soundtracks Relaxing Piano [10min]
2CELLOS - Whole Lotta Love vs. Beethoven 5th Symphony [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
2CELLOS - Smooth Criminal (Live at Suntory Hall, Tokyo)
2CELLOS - Smells Like Teen Spirit [Live at Sydney Opera House]
2CELLOS - Despacito [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
13 Year Old Girl Playing Il Silenzio (The Silence) - André Rieu
094.All About That Bass
00 - SADNESS PART 1
(Ghost) Riders In the Sky (American Outlaws Live at Nassau Coliseum, 1
(Everything I Do) I Do It For You - Bryan Adams (Boyce Avenue ft. Conn
What a wonderful world
Moon river
×