Equivalent quality newspapers, the Herald and the Mail, claim together that yesterday’s tax increase announcement constitutes some kind of ‘raid’ or ‘punishment’ of middle-earners in Scotland.
- The average annual salary in Scotland based on 2022 data is £31,605.
- Everyone earning more than £43,662 in Scotland will have to pay more income tax next year, an extra penny in the pound – taking it to 42p.
- Someone earning £50,000 in Scotland will pay an extra £63.38 in tax compared with this year, and £1,552 more per year than someone on the same salary elsewhere in the UK
- Anyone earning £150,000 in Scotland will pay an additional £2,432.08 compared to this year, which will be £3,857 more than someone earning the same salary elsewhere in the UK
- About 500,000 people in Scotland are in the higher rate bracket while a further 33,000 pay the top rate of income tax, according to the government.
- There are 2.6 million employed in Scotland.
So, more than 80% of employed Scots will not have to pay more tax, many of those will pay less than they would in England, not to mention the universal benefits such as free prescriptions and higher education fees?
Looks like Sturgeon is looking after ‘Middle Scotland.’