Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray has accused SNP MSP’s of “betraying” hard working families in the region and across Scotland, after failing to back a motion in the Scottish Parliament which would have committed the Scottish Government to use new powers in the Scotland Bill to restore the money lost through tax credit cuts.
The UK Governments Scottish Secretary David Mundell said that the amendments to the Scotland Bill made it "crystal clear" that the Scottish Parliament will have the powers to act on tax credits, powers acknowledged by the Scottish Governments Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil.
A Scottish Labour Government would pay for the tax cut mitigation by not implementing the SNP tax cut for airline companies and not implementing the Tory tax cut for higher rate tax payers earning more than £42,385 a year when these powers are devolved in the Scotland Bill. No tax rises would be needed to fund the policy.
Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray said:
“When the letters start dropping just before Christmas, detailing how much the 5,100 families in my constituency are set to lose due to the UK Governments cuts to tax credits, local people will remember the failure of the Scottish Government to back our plans to restore the money lost. This was an opportunity to use the powers of the Scottish Parliament to the fullest, but instead all we saw was the SNP’s intensiveness over the new powers which could be used to serve hardworking families. They’ve shown once again that they put constitutional grievance above the interests of working people, and many are rightfully feeling betrayed by the Scottish Government.”