Scottish Conservative Shadow Finance Secretary, Murdo Fraser, has slammed today’s Scottish Government budget which will increase the tax burden on key public sector workers in Mid-Scotland and Fife.
The Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Derek Mackay, confirmed a freeze in the higher rate of tax which creates a significant tax differential between the rest of the UK and Scotland.
This means that those earning between £43,430 and £50,000 will face a marginal tax rate of 53%. Amongst the professions trapped in this tax bracket are Police Sergeants who will pay £700 more, Senior nurses who will pay £1350 more and Principal teachers who will now pay over £1500 more than equivalent staff in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The tax changes also mean that anyone earning more than £26,000 will pay more in tax than counterparts south of the border.
Commenting Murdo Fraser MSP said:
“Despite the Scottish Government having nearly £1 billion more to spend as a result of financial decisions taken at Westminster, the Scottish Government has chosen to hammer middle earners by freezing tax rates.
“The SNP would like you to think that it’s just fat cats and super high earners paying more but the reality is that key public sector workers will be caught by their tax policies.
“What we need is a Scottish Government budget that cuts the waste, invests in key areas of the economy and provides a competitive tax environment for businesses and workers.
“Right now we have none of this and workers across Perth and Kinross, Fife, Stirling and Clackmannanshire will not thank them for this budget.”