Economy and Finance
When the SNP first came to power ten years ago they promised to scrap the unfair Council Tax. Ten years later we’re still waiting. Not only has the SNP failed to deliver on their clear commitment to scrap the Council Tax, they’re now forcing Councils to increase it!
Scottish Labour has an alternative plan. Scottish Labour will scrap the Council Tax and replace it with a fairer alternative, based on actual property values, and not arbitrary bands determined 25 years ago. Under Scottish Labour’s proposals, a property of average value in Elgin2 allocated to Band D would save £200.25 a year. Most households would end up paying less than they do at present, with only the most valuable properties seeing modest increases. Not only is a more progressive system fairer, it also raises more money overall.
We believe that the present system of financing local government is unsustainable. This is not simply our opinion, but the opinion of the Scottish Government’s own Local Tax Commission.4 Despite this, the arrogant SNP have elected to maintain the status quo, and attempt to foist blame onto local authorities when this inadequate system of financing local government comes up short.
Effective change can only be brought about through concerted action by local government to compel the SNP in Edinburgh to pursue real reform. Moray Labour Councillors will press the Council to join a collective campaign by local authorities to change to a fairer and more sustainable way of financing local government.