Published: 16th Apr 2019

‘Significant’ property taxes are needed to help boost local government funding in Scotland, according to a new report. The report by Unison and the Jimmy Reid Foundation calls for a ‘fairer’ system, which will shift the tax burden onto property and land owners and away from council tax payers. It claims such a shift would make the tax system in Scotland more ‘progressive’ and based on ability to pay. The report says the current council tax system in Scotland is regressive and based on out-of-date property evaluations. It adds ‘significant’ property taxes are essential to local government funding. The report also calls on the Scottish Parliament and councils to look at how new taxes can be introduced to support include inclusive economic growth. It states that special attention should be paid to help programmes around changing behaviours and overcoming market failures. The report also shows that total revenue funding for councils … (To read the full article, subscribe below)