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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 28th March 2007.

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Photo of Tony Blair Tony Blair Prime Minister 11:30 am, 28th March 2007

There is no doubt at all that the problem is not merely that taking Scotland out of the United Kingdom will lead to a huge economic risk for Scotland and for Scottish industry, which is so closely connected with the UK economy, but the fact that the tax and spending plans of the SNP would mean that families would be £5,000 a year worse off. In addition, the SNP has a 3p local income tax, which would also deliver lower living standards for precisely the people whom my hon. Friend is talking about.

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Mark Bestford
Posted on 13 Apr 2007 6:22 pm (Report this annotation)

Anyone else notice he's just answered the question that the speaker said was "out of order"?

He does not point out that the 3p local income tax is actually the replacement for the Council Tax and would actually equate to LOWER overall taxation for most people.

In fact if I was paying a 3p local income tax instead of Council Tax I would find myself about 400 pounds a year better off.

All in all it would seem that I would be much better off living in Scotland rather than England where I cannot afford a house, pay nearly 10% of my earnings to the council, have no NHS dentistry and my kids will be forced into debt should they enter University.