Local Government Finance

Part of Question Time — Scottish Executive – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:30 pm on 22nd January 2004.

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Photo of Andy Kerr Andy Kerr Labour 2:30 pm, 22nd January 2004

Just for the record, so that we are absolutely clear about what I have said about the Scottish service tax, let me say this. For 2003-04, under the current system, a couple with a band D house would pay an average of £1,009 per annum in council tax. Under the Scottish service tax, if they both earned £27,500—two teachers, for example—they would pay significantly more. They would pay £566 per annum more. Those figures are based on current calculations. [Interruption.]