Rising numbers in Scotland would pay higher taxes to support health and social services
New data reveals a majority of Scots think having a low income leads to poorer health – and they’d be happy to pay more to help
A NEW REPORT from the Scottish Centre for Social Research (ScotCen) indicates that 58 per cent of Scots would be willing to pay higher taxes to improve the health of poorer people.
Time-series data from ScotCen provided to CommonSpace on attitudes to taxation, public spending and benefits suggests that a growing number of people in Scotland would be willing to pay more tax to support public services.
Scotland bearing the brunt of Tory austerity as new figures show poverty on the rise
Relative poverty, child poverty and income inequality on the rise, new statistics show
STATISTICS PUBLISHED today by the Scottish Government indicate a continued increase in poverty in Scotland, with a marked rise coinciding with the recession and the introduction of austerity policies.
Around 860,000 people in Scotland each year are living in relative poverty before housing costs, and over one million after housing costs – a fact which campaigners have linked to a lack of affordable housing.