STUC response to Local tax Commission report

December 14th 2015

Commenting on publication of the Commission on Local Tax Reform’s final report, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

“The STUC welcomes this important and impressive report. The original quantitative analysis and options for reform it presents should help inform better policy choices in the future.

“The STUC broadly agrees with the report’s recommendations noting in particular the Commission’s strong commitment to progressivity and its ‘predominant view’ that any reform to local tax ‘has to continue to include a recurrent tax on domestic property’. Whilst supporting the Commission’s view that the local tax base should be broadened the STUC is less enthusiastic about any replacement for the Council Tax ultimately involving a further tax on wages.

“Given the range and quality of evidence contained in the report, it will be extremely disappointing if any of Scotland’s political parties enter the 2016 elections on manifestos committing to retaining the Council Tax and the freeze which currently applies”.

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