Monday, 10 June 2019 15:14


Boris Johnson’s plan to hand high earners like himself a massive tax cut – paid for by Scottish taxpayers – has been branded “entirely indefensible” by the SNP.

The frontrunner for Prime Minister wants to raise the threshold for the 40p tax band from £50k to £80k for workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland – giving high earners, including Johnson himself, a £9.6 billion tax cut. 
This massive giveaway would be paid for in part by increased National Insurance contributions. 
As income tax is devolved but National Insurance is reserved, this would mean Scottish taxpayers funding a handout for well-off taxpayers in the rest of the UK. 
Commenting, SNP MSP Angela Constance said:
“Boris Johnson’s priorities are all wrong – and this latest wheeze is an appalling insight into the future of the country if he gets his way. 
“This proposal has more to do with appealing to Tory MPs than to meeting the very real challenges facing the UK. Yet, bizarrely, Boris Johnson remains frontrunner to be the next Prime Minister.
“Scottish taxpayers now face the prospect of paying for a tax cut for the likes of Boris Johnson and his cronies. 
“That would be entirely indefensible – and is only likely to see a further rise in support for independence, which would give Scotland full powers over tax.”

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