Ahead of budget Day rally at Scottish Parliament, STUC calls on all political parties to deliver a budget that best serves the interests of the people of Scotland

December 13th 2017

Ahead of budget Day rally at Scottish Parliament, STUC calls on all political parties to deliver a budget that best serves the interests of the people of Scotland

The STUC has today (13 December 17) written to the leaders of all political parties in Scotland urging them to bring forward meaningful taxation and spending proposals to the budget debate, and deliver the additional revenue needed to fund the “first-class” public services that we all need and deserve.

STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith said:

‘We regret that Chancellor chose to continue with austerity, ignoring the pressures on living standards and the signs of weakness in the economy.

‘We call on the Scottish Parliament to not make the same short-sighted mistakes as Westminster. Our Parliament does have the capacity to halt the real terms decline in public sector wages and to begin to restore pay to acceptable levels.

We welcome the First Minister’s engagement with trade unions on pay and its willingness to use revenue raising powers. This is in stark contrast to the approach of the UK Government.

However, we are also on record as believing that the revenue raising options being considered are not radical enough.

It is time for our Parliament to be bold.’

ENDS

Notes

Attached: Copy of Letter & STUC Budget Briefing sent to all leaders of Scottish political parties and all MSPs.

As part of our coordinated campaign on public services, the STUC has organised a Budget Day Rally outside the Scottish Parliament on Thursday at 12 noon. This is a cross-party rally as we believe that all political parties have their part to play in delivering a budget that best serves the interests of the people of Scotland.

The rally will be addressed by speakers from across the public service and all MSPs have been invited to attend.

For more information please contact Dave Moxham or Sarah Wiktorski on 0141 337 8122

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