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Scottish Rate Resolution

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 4th March 2020.

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Photo of Willie Rennie Willie Rennie Liberal Democrat

Not just now.

However, it is difficult to ask people to pay tax when the Government is so irresponsible with those massive projects. It is costing us hundreds of millions of pounds. Taxpayers’ trust needs to be repaired if we are to ensure that progressive tax changes will be made in future. However, with this Government’s reckless approach to the public finances, I fear that that might not be possible.

Let us get control of the capital projects. Let us put an end to the arguments from the Conservatives that progressive tax changes result in cataclysmic events and behavioural change such as an exodus down south. Let us also make sure that, if parties propose to make tax changes, they put them in their election manifestos and do exactly what they said they would do.