The SNP are set to cut taxes for the richest people in Scotland while passing on cuts to local services in Inverclyde, according to evidence from the independent Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

The Scottish Government Budget – which will be voted on in Holyrood on Thursday – will see taxes for those earning over £100,000 a year go down, despite local government facing a cash cut of £237 million.

Martin McCluskey, Labour’s Candidate for Inverclyde, said:

“This beggars belief. At a time when local councils – including Inverclyde – are seeing cuts to their budget, it turns out that the SNP Government are cutting taxes for the richest people in our society.

“If you earn over £100,000 a year your tax will fall while many council workers are seeing their jobs put at risk, Scotland’s doctors are warning that our NHS is in crisis and teachers are threatening strike action over their pay.

“In Inverclyde, the council budget is set to be cut by the SNP by more than the Scottish average, meaning over £4 million lost from local services.

“Labour will vote against this budget because the SNP Government are not providing the support to our public services that they need. We need a budget that invests in public services, reverses Tory cuts and provides the resources that our local services and the NHS needs. SNP Government Ministers need to go back and look again.”

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