Joe Cullinane

Scottish Labour Councillor for Kilwinning

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After 9 years of promising to abolish it, the SNP’s Council Tax “reform” embarrassing

Commenting on the SNP’s plan to “reform” Council Tax, Labour’s Joe Cullinane said;


“The hated Council Tax is totally unfair, and any tinkering with bands would not make the system any fairer.”


“Those aren’t my words, they are the words of Nicola Sturgeon in April 2007 when Scottish Labour proposed a reform of Council Tax bands.”


“The SNP have promised to replace the “unfair” Council Tax for 9 years. It is embarrassing that, after all that time, they have failed to deliver that reform and a minimal change to banding, with no revaluation, is the best they could come up with.”


“COSLA have described it as “The Scottish Government Tax” as it further erodes local democracy whilst UNISON describe it as “tinkering”.


“This plan will generate less than £2million extra for North Ayrshire Council next year. To put that in context, the local Council’s grant was cut by the SNP by over £10million this year. This announcement does nothing to stop the austerity that is being imposed on our communities by the Tory and SNP Government’s.”


“In contrast, Scottish Labour would use the powers of the Scottish Parliament to set income tax 1p higher than that set by Tory Chancellor George Osborne, a policy that would generate enough additional revenue to stop all the cuts to public services such as our public toilets, libraries and community wardens with enough left over to provide a £100 rebate to the lowest earners meaning they are actually better off under our income tax plan.”


“In the coming weeks we will also announce our plans to reform local taxation. Personally, I would like to see a system that uses a mix of local taxes underpinned by a land value tax.”


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