Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Labour will move to block budget unless SNP hikes taxes for Scots

Kezia Dugdale
Kezia Dugdale

Labour will move to hike taxes in Scotland in an attempt to embarrass the SNP over austerity, Kezia Dugdale announces today.

The Scottish Labour leader will ask Nicola Sturgeon to take away an extra penny in the pound from every person in the country and introduce a 50p top rate of tax. Party insiders claim this will raise almost £500m for public services, £400m from the extra 1p and £80m through the 50p rate.

As Labour crashed to third place behind the Conservatives in May’s Holyrood election, former Fife MP Thomas Docherty branded the manifesto cornerstone to hike taxes “self-immolation for dummies”.

But, in her keynote speech to the Labour conference in Liverpool, Ms Dugdale will attempt to win back left-wing voters by portraying the Ms Sturgeon as a First Minister who is ready to “accept a Tory budget from Westminster”.

She will say: “Leadership does not mean marching to London to make your point, but refusing to take the tough decisions when you are at home.

“It doesn’t mean blaming someone else for your problems.  And it certainly doesn’t mean demanding power and then refusing to act.

“Nicola Sturgeon is the most powerful First Minister that Scotland has ever had. In her hands, she has more power than any of her predecessors to change our nation.

“But for a woman who is famous for saying yes, her answer when you ask her to use the powers she has is always no.”

A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “The First Minister has been clear that hard working families should not have to pay the price of UK Government austerity.

“Where we have the powers to do so, we are making taxation fairer and more proportionate to the ability to pay, while also raising additional revenue. Our income tax proposals for 2017/18 and beyond will protect lower income taxpayers – but also generate extra revenue of around £1.2 billion by 2021/22 to invest in key public services.

“Similarly, we are proposing progressive reforms to local taxation which will, over the lifetime of this Parliament, raise an additional £500 million to invest in raising educational attainment.

“There are no cuts planned to NHS funding from the Scottish Government, and to suggest otherwise is simply false. There has been record investment in the NHS – In these 5 years we will be delivering in excess of £60 billion in health funding.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]

More from The Courier Scottish politics team

More from The Courier