Reform of Tax system

It is felt that there is a generally accepted view that tax rises are bad and tax drops are good, and we need to tackle that perception.

It is better to increase taxes so that people can get the same level of service across the board and then not to means test service provision.

The current system creates a ‘them and us’ scenario because people feel they are paying for services they are not receiving.

It is important to address the relationship between tax and income.

A land value tax will stop developers sitting on land and devaluing it and will bring in more money for councils and local services that are starved of funding.


Why the contribution is important

This is important because if you don’t tax people enough then there are no funds for services and quality goes down.

by FairerScotlandAdmin2 on October 30, 2015 at 02:44PM

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  • Posted by FairerScotlandAdmin2 November 10, 2015 at 11:24

    Idea from Fairer Scotland Dumfries Planning Event:

    There needs to be a citizen’s income that everyone gets, as this will remove the stigma and alleviate some of the issues around affording things like childcare.

    It also provides choices for people as they are not forced into decisions due to financial pressure. This citizen’s income should be paid at the living wage as then people get a fair wage for work. There should be no alternative to the living wage. There were various suggestions of ways to achieve this. At a previous event, the example was given of Lidl, who are a budget supermarket and yet paying their staff more. These employers should be celebrated as this is the way to encourage employers to see the benefits. This should be the initial approach: rather than forcing employers. We cannot accept any longer that people are paid a minimum wage which is not enough to live on. How can we as a country accept this? People old stories of being employed but not being able to afford to go to work.

    The living wage should be universal across the board not different employers pay different amounts. Apprentices should be paid the living wage.

    A 17 year old could have a home and a child to look after – everyone should be paid the same for the job they are doing.

    Full review of benefits when it is devolved including a Citizen’s Income. The benefits system should focussing on individuals. Those who can work should be supported to work, and no-one should ever earn more on benefits than in work. There should be no unpaid caring roles. Carers, and parents should be on minimum wage

    This is important as - if you don’t pay people enough then the costs of getting to work could be more than what is earned at work. There are also other benefits to higher basic pay as it reduces sickness and work related stress and makes staff feel more valued.
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