Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has said that the SNP Government must use additional spending in consequentials resulting from the government's Autumn Statement to follow the lead of Liberal Democrats and deliver opportunity for all.
Scottish Liberal Democrats have called for the extra funding, which comes as a result of spending decisions taken by Liberal Democrats in the UK Government, to be used to boost Scotland’s NHS, childcare places, school and colleges.
The personal allowance increase in 2015-16 to £10,600 will lift 38,000 people out of income tax altogether and 2.13 million people will see an average real terms gain of £94.
Mr Rennie said:
“The Autumn Statement is good news for Scottish workers, Scottish jobs and the Scottish health service. Scottish workers will pay £820 less income tax thanks to the Lib Dems. By cutting National Insurance Contributions for employers who recruit apprentices we’ll create more jobs for young people in Scotland. With over £200m extra for Scotland we can invest more in our health service, childcare and colleges at a time of great pressure.
“Liberal Democrats in the UK Government are building a Britain where everyone has the opportunity to get on life. The SNP opposed the Lib Dem plan for economic recovery and opposed the income tax cuts for Scottish workers. Instead of forever rerunning the referendum they lost the SNP should follow the lead provided by the Liberal Democrats on a stronger economy and fairer society.
“The Autumn Statement shows that Liberal Democrats are dealing with the deficit in a way which enables us to invest back into the country. There is more work to be done but we are on the right path towards building a stronger economy and a fairer society.
“Labour would like to airbrush away the catastrophic economic mess they left us. The Conservatives want to keep on cutting after the books are balanced. The SNP seem only interested in independence. With the Liberal Democrats we are building a strong economy and a fairer society so that there is opportunity for everyone.”