Local MSP Maree Todd, SNP has hit out at Tory tax proposals claiming it could mean cuts of up to £2.4 million in Orkney, according to new Scottish Government analysis.
Maree Todd said:
“The Tory tax plans would blow a whopping £500 million hole in our budget – and Orkney could lose up to £2.4 million. That’s on top of the economic turbulence created by Brexit uncertainty and a decade of UK government austerity.
“Tory Tax proposals would be devastating to our valuable public services in Orkney, including the NHS – and would be equivalent to cutting 57 nurses in the region.
“Under the SNP, the NHS has record staffing and record funding – and the draft budget would see that funding increased.
“But this investment is only possible because of the decisions taken by the Scottish Government, with progressive policies seeing higher earnings paying slightly more to support public services.
“It’s high the time for the Tories to explain why they’d prefer to give a handout to millionaires than to fund our hospitals.”
According to analysis by the Scottish Government the proposals put forward by the Tories would result in the following cuts to funding of the Scottish National Health Service
|Territorial Board||£501 million reduction||Equivalent number of nurses|
|Ayrshire and Arran||
|Dumfries and Galloway||-14.9||356|
|Greater Glasgow & Clyde||-111.9||2680|
The Scottish Parliament set to vote on Stage 1 of the draft budget this month. According to the Scottish Government the Tories proposed tax cuts for high earners would leave a £500 million hole in the budget.