The Scottish Government’s paper includes proposals from all of Scotland’s political parties – with progressive parties backing varied measures in order to support public services, and Tory proposals supporting tax cuts for highest earners at the expense of public services.
As outlined by the First Minister, any changes to the income tax in Scotland must pass four key tests – supporting public services, ensuring the lowest earners do not see their taxes increase, making the system more progressive, and supporting the economy.
Commenting, Mr Beattie stated:
‘The devolved power comes with great challenges, and as such, any changes to the income tax policy should not and will not be taken lightly. The Scottish Government has already begun cross-party discussions.
'My constituents have the right to an open and honest discussion about the income tax they will pay – and this is exactly what the Scottish Government is delivering.
'We need to be prepared to ask difficult questions and to work with other parties to find an answer that means individuals and businesses are treated fairly and pay the right amount for the services that they receive in return.
'Personally, I welcome this devolved power from Westminster and look forward to the open debate about tax in the near future.’