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Anti-poverty campaigners respond to Scottish budget debate

Posted: 02/02/2017

Anti-poverty campaigners respond to Scottish budget debate

For Immediate Release, 2 February 2017

Anti-poverty campaigners have welcomed the progress made in today’s Scottish budget but said that there is much more to be done if we are to make real progress in tackling poverty in Scotland.  The range of measures announced today included an additional £160m of funding for local authorities and a freeze on the threshold for the 40p income tax. 

While progress has been made, the budget still falls short of what anti-poverty campaigners were calling for, including increasing taxes for those at the top, a radical overhaul of council tax and a £5 top up of child benefit. 

Peter Kelly, director of the Poverty Alliance said today:

“The Poverty Alliance welcomes the changes announced in today’s budget including additional funding for local authorities and the freeze on the threshold for the 40p income tax.

“However, this budget would need to go a lot further to be a budget to tackle poverty in any meaningful way.

“The Scottish Parliament has new, significant powers over taxation and social security, and we want to see these used in a meaningful way. 

“The Poverty Alliance will continue to call for more progressive taxation, and for the topping up of child benefit and means tested benefits for working aged people”.

ENDS

For more information please contact Carla McCormack, Policy and Parliamentary Officer, on 0141 3530440 or email carla.mccormack@povertyalliance.org

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