Joe has challenged his SNP opponent to back Scottish Labour’s plan to reverse the Tory’s tax credit cuts.
6600 families in Cunninghame South are due to lose, on average, £1300 from April 2016 as a result of the tax credit cuts and Scottish Labour has committed to using the new powers coming to the Scottish Parliament to reverse them.
Despite SNP Minister Alex Neil acknowledging that the Scottish Parliament will have the power to reverse the tax credit cuts during Wednesday’s (4th November) debate in the Scottish Parliament SNP MSP’s, including sitting Cunninghame South member Margaret Burgess, voted with the Tory’s to oppose Scottish Labour’s plan.
Labour’s plan is fully funded through making different choices on tax than the SNP and Tory’s.
Speaking after sending his letter Joe said,
“I am absolutely clear on this issue, if I am elected next May I will vote to reverse these cuts in full. I will do so to protect the livelihoods of some of the lowest paid workers in Cunninghame South.”
“These cuts will push more children into poverty and the time has come to use the powers that are already coming to the Scottish Parliament to their full effect to deliver a fairer and more equal society.”
“When some working families in Scotland can’t afford the weekly shop the SNP’s £250 million plan to make airline tickets a bit cheaper shouldn’t be the priority. It is very disappointing that they have taken this position and decided to vote with the Tory’s last Wednesday to vote against Scottish Labour’s plans.”
“This leaves Councillor Maguire with a choice – will she stand with me and promise to protect working families in Cunninghame South or will she toe the party line and prioritise tax cuts for business class flights? On behalf of the 6600 families in Cunninghame South who will be affected by these cuts I have asked her that simple question."