Local tax should be for local priorities

Commenting after local government representatives appeared before the Scottish Parliament Local Government and Communities Committee to give evidence on council tax reforms, Scottish Liberal Democrat business manager Mike Rumbles MSP said:

“Extra funding for education is essential. The Scottish Government’s record on closing the attainment gap in education is poor. But if the SNP want to introduce a national policy then it should be paid for out of central government funds. They should not tie the hands of councils by cutting local funding in this way.

“The principle here is clear. Local taxation should be applied to local priorities.

“At Holyrood last week it was clear that there is no majority across the Parliament for the SNP’s council tax reforms. They need to accept this fact and go back to the drawing board.”


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