East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson has said that the UK Government's Autumn Statement will come as a real boost for local families and businesses, with more than 2 million Scots set to benefit from another cut to income tax.
The Scottish Government will receive additional funding of £238m as a result of spending decisions taken by the UK Government. Jo is pleased to see that £25 million of this total is ring-fenced for the Glasgow City Deal and restoration work on the Glasgow School of Art.
Jo welcomed the announcement of a big new increase to the personal tax allowance, taking 38,000 Scottish people out of tax altogether, and the extension of schemes offering businesses a £2000 cut to National Insurance payments. Companies taking on new apprentices will also be eligible for new National Insurance relief.
Commenting, Jo said:
“The Liberal Democrats in the UK Government have delivered an Autumn Statement which will allow everyone to get on in life. The SNP Government must now use this £200m extra for Scotland to spend more on our stretched health service, and invest in childcare, schools, colleges and also local services such as roads which are badly in need of a cash injection in East Dunbartonshire.
"Local workers will be paying £825 less in income tax than they did under Labour as a result of the changes that Liberal Democrats have delivered in government. More than 2 million Scots are set to receive extra help in their pay packet from this latest income tax cut. Drivers are benefiting from another fuel duty freeze and there is new help for businesses to get more local people in work.
“I also know local people will be delighted at the Government’s commitment to renovate the Glasgow School of Art, one of the city’s most iconic buildings, following May’s devastating fire.
"With more funding provided to the Scottish Government today and more powers for the Scottish Parliament on the way, Scotland is strengthened by today’s Autumn Statement.”