The Doctor of Chemistry who lives in the neighbouring Falkirk West Constituency spoke in favour of raising income tax bills for those earning as little as £11,000 a year by 5%, their Council Tax Bills by an unspecified amount and their rent up by 3.6%, all at a time when inflation is 0.3%.
SNP members pointed out that according to Falkirk Council officials 59% of the 7000 children officially classified as “living in poverty” would be worse of under Labour’s proposals.
On rents,, Craig Martin argued that a 3.6% increase, the same rate of increase as the previous 3 years and the proposal for the next three years was “value for money”.
SNP Councillor for the Carse, Kinnaird and Tryst Ward part of which is within the Falkirk East Constituency Stephen Bird, said,
“Craig demonstrated with his comments on the impact of Labour’s tax policies on hard working families on low income that he is every bit as out of touch on their needs than the Tories are.”
“Sadly Craig typified the lack of credibility Labour has. For example in October last year, Labour leader in Scotland Kezia Dugdale said,”
We want hundreds of thousands of working Scots to pay less tax.
Four months later Labour now want to increase income tax in Scotland by 5% for the lowest paid and 2.5% for the highest earners.”
Add to that their desire to increase the Council Tax by an unspecified amount and council rents by 3.6% year on year begs the question, how many ordinary families can meet these extra burdens on their limited salaries?”