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SNP must say whether they are abandoning commitment to raise personal allowance

July 1, 2019 3:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called for the Scottish Government to say whether they are abandoning their commitment to raise the personal allowance to £12,750 and warned that the SNP's credibility is at risk over failures to deliver on economic promises.

On 22 March 2016, the First Minister announced the Scottish Government would ensure a Personal Allowance of £12,750 in 2021/22, if necessary by creating a new zero rate tax band.

However in response to a parliamentary question submitted by Mr Rennie, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay would not confirm that this remained Government policy, stating only that "Decisions on income tax rates and bands for each fiscal year will be announced at the Budget and associated Scottish Rate Resolution."

Willie Rennie said:

"The SNP's credibility on economic affairs is clearly at risk.

"Their deal with the Greens threatens to saddle workers with a big tax rise, while the economy bounces along the bottom and now the Finance Secretary seems to be in two minds as to whether the First Minister's promises are still government policy. This is a complete mess.

"The Scottish Government need to be clear about whether they are abandoning their commitment to raise the personal allowance."