Macdonald welcomes Scottish Labour Tax Credits Plan
North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald has welcomed the news that nearly 10,000 working families in Aberdeen will be protected from Tory cuts to Tax Credits by Scottish Labour.
Party leader Kezia Dugdale announced in her keynote speech to Scottish Labour conference in Perth last week that she will use the new powers coming to the Scottish Parliament under the Scotland Bill to reverse the impact of the Tax Credit cuts, paying for the move by cancelling planned SNP tax cuts on air passenger duty and Tory cuts for higher rate tax payers.
Lewis said :
“Tax credits work.
“They make work pay for families in Aberdeen, the North East and across Scotland.
“They lifted hundreds of thousands of children out of poverty, and they allow families to aspire to more than just making it to the end of the month.
“That’s why the Labour Government introduced them in the first place and why Scottish Labour would use the powers coming to the Scottish Parliament to reverse the Tories plans to cut them.
“Once again, SNP Ministers are failing to act.
“They would rather complain about the powers they don’t have than use the ones they have been given – powers which would allow them to reverse the damage done to working families by this Tory government.
“This is about what we stand for and who we stand with. Labour will use the Scotland Bill to put the needs of working families first.”