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The SNP's local tax plan: 10 things you should know

Common Weal Policy critique the Scottish Government's new local tax plans

THE Scottish Government has outlined its plans to reform the Council Tax. The key changes are:

- The tax burden for Band's E-H (the higher valued properties) will increase by PS105, PS207, PS335, and PS517 per annum respectively. This is expected to raise an additional PS100 million for local services. Council tax relief will be offered to pensioners who are asset rich but income poor.

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Analysis: Lack of clarity driven by fear of winners and losers from local tax change

Common Weal Policy's second analysis piece of the Commission on Local Tax Reform's final report comes from Dr David Comerford, Research Fellow in Economics at the University of Stirling and author of a submission to the Commission. Dr Comerford argues that the fear of the inevitable winners and losers that will come from establishing a new local tax policy appears to have pushed the Commission towards shying away from "strong proposals".

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