From SNP Media yesterday:
A study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has shown that the SNP policies on tax and benefits have created a fairer, more progressive system than is in place in the rest of the UK.
The report explains that low-income households across Scotland gain much more from the SNP’s progressive tax and benefit reforms, including a top-up to the carer’s allowance, more generous housing benefit, and extra payments for families with young children.
Taken together, these measures will boost the incomes of the poorest fifth of Scottish households by an average of almost 1.5% this year.
The analysis shows that the SNP Government has also given Universal Credit recipients more flexibility in how they are paid, and improvements to the process of assessing entitlement to disability benefits will “make life easier for claimants.”
Commenting, Finance Secretary Kate Forbes said:
“This expert analysis makes clear that the SNP has ensured Scotland has the fairest, most progressive income tax in the UK, with a majority of taxpayers paying less than if they lived in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.
“This report shows the positive consequences of the changes to income tax for many people in society – and is yet more proof of the SNP’s progressive approach to taxation.
“Tory cuts south of the border are hitting low-income families hard – while in Scotland we have taken positive action to protect public services, mitigate against the worst of the Tories’ cuts and properly fund our NHS and schools.
“We are committed to progressive taxation that, as is only right, ensures those who generally earn less are not asked to pay for tax breaks for the wealthiest – whilst delivering fairness for all taxpayers.
“But it is only with the full tax powers of independence that we will be able to protect public services, put money in people’s pockets and secure a strong economic recovery which is in Scotland’s hands – not Boris Johnson’s.”