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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-02492: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 9 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how it will provide the “additional investment in high quality public services” that is refered to in its 2016-17 Programme for Government, and whether includes using the tax powers that were made available by the Scotland Act 2016.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 23 September 2016

As noted in the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government 2016-17, the new tax powers delivered by the Scotland Act 2016 will be used to help grow Scotland's economy, promote fairness, and provide additional investment in high quality public services. Specific proposals will be set out in our draft budget 2017-18. Our reforms to the Council Tax will protect household incomes, make local taxation fairer and raise an additional £500 million over the current Parliament which will be provided to head-teachers to invest directly in schools and improve education locally.