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VAT Increase

Part of Scottish Executive Question Time — General Questions – in the Scottish Parliament at 11:40 am on 1st July 2010.

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Photo of Jeremy Purvis Jeremy Purvis Liberal Democrat 11:40 am, 1st July 2010

Is the cabinet secretary working with the United Kingdom Government with regard to what will be the first rural fuel discount pilot scheme in 14 years and its possible application in Scotland?

Has the Scottish Government calculated the net impact on the average household and family of the VAT increase, along with the other measures that were announced in the budget, including lifting the tax threshold by £1,000, restoring the link with earnings for pensions and making available child tax credits for the lowest-income families? What is the net effect on the average household in Scotland?