Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish First Minister, has said that the SNP supports a 50p top rate of income tax. The debate on taxation in Scotland has intensified recently as from April 2017 the Scottish Parliament will be able to set its own income tax rates.
Speaking during a TV debate, produced by the BBC, before the Scottish Parliament elections, which are held on 5 May 2016, Nicola Sturgeon said:
“I think there should be a 50p top rate of tax but you don’t set tax rates if it is going to lose you money. I don’t want to turn around in two years time and say we’ve got less money to spend on our health service”.
Kezia Dugdale, the leader of Scottish Labour, said:
“We would ask the richest to pay a bit more, ask those people who earn £150,000 a year to pay a 50p rate”.
Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, warned about high taxation compared to rest of the UK:
“The people at home have just watched the first minister of Scotland saying she wants to make Scotland the highest taxed part of the UK. And then they have watched the leader of the opposition say that’s not enough, we need to take more money off working Scots”.
The Liberal Democrats have said they will increase tax by 1p for everyone to fund education and the Greens have said that more taxation needs to be raised to mitigate against Government spending cuts.