Tuesday, 01 February 2011
The SNP today said the party had put forward a balanced budget including the £30million supermarket levy, equal to one hours turnover for some of the big four supermarkets, and challenged Labour, Lib Dem and Tory politicians to back the levy or find the cuts.
An alliance of Labour, Lib Dem and Tory put supermarket profits before public services in a parliamentary vote last week. The opposition parties will have a chance to reverse their decision in Parliament tomorrow (Wednesday).
SNP MSP Bob Doris, Deputy Convener of the Scottish Parliament's Local Government Committee said: "John Swinney and the SNP Government have delivered a balanced budget that protects jobs, public services and family budgets through difficult times.
"Our budget protects the progress Scotland has made in the last four years and sets Scotland up for a strong recovery that supports household budgets and public services.
"For the fourth year in a row we have put forward balanced proposals while the Labour party have simply offered uncosted and unaffordable wishlists.
"If Iain Gray and Andy Kerr are voting for a £30 million cut in Scotland's budget they must say precisely where they are cutting that £30 million from.
"Are Labour preparing to sacrifice concessionary travel, free prescriptions, the small business bonus or the council tax freeze. Which cut are Labour looking to make?
"There is utter bemusement in communities across Scotland that Labour want to cut taxes on supermarkets but increase pensioners council tax.
"The SNP is taking the difficult but necessary decisions needed to balance the budget and boost the economy. It is clear from the behaviour of the opposition parties that it is only the SNP and John Swinney that are working for Scotland and working to make Scotland better."