Friday, 30 August 2013

Council Tax freeze welcomed as other bills soar



Margaret Burgess MSP has highlighted the SNP’s action to freeze Council Tax levels as a welcome benefit for local people who have seen other household bills soar.

Mrs Burgess told the3towns, “With local households facing the pressure of rising bills, it is a bit of relief for people to know that their Council Tax will not rise under the SNP.”

The MSP for Cunninghame South pointed out that since the SNP Government was elected in 2007, Council Tax bills have remained static in Scotland, while energy bills have increased on average by 61% with massive hikes in average food costs and petrol prices.

“While bills outwith the control of the Scottish Government have soared, with rocketing energy prices hitting the poorest and most vulnerable, Council Tax has not risen by a single penny under the SNP,” said Mrs Burgess.

The SNP MSP added, “The Council Tax freeze has provided a welcome boost for those struggling with the rising cost of living, but with independence we can do even more.

“Only a ‘Yes’ vote in next year’s referendum will give the Scottish Parliament full control of job-creation, taxation, welfare and energy policy in an independent Scotland.  With the full powers that only come with independence, we can reduce inequality and work to ease the financial pressures faced by households across North Ayrshire and Scotland.”

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