Dean Lockhart MSP has today called on SNP ministers to give hard-working families a break by cutting tax bills in the next budget.
The call came as figures published yesterday showed that more Scots are going bust as they fail to cope with the financial strain of debt.
According to the latest Accountant in Bankruptcy figures, there were 3,208 personal insolvencies, which include bankruptcies and protected trust deeds (PTDs) over the three months to June.
This is up 11.8 per cent from 2,869 in the same period last year, and 26.6 per cent from 2,533 in the previous quarter.
There was also an 8.5 per cent rise to 648 in the number of debt payment programmes approved under the Scottish Government’s Debt Arrangement Scheme.
The SNP’s budget last year now means that those earning £26,000 a year or above now pays more income tax than if they lived elsewhere in the UK.
Dean Lockhart MSP, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Economy said:
‘’These figures make worrying reading.
“They show that more and more Scots are struggling with debt. Yet, despite the problems they’re facing, the SNP has chosen to hammer families with higher income taxes.
“Rather than making Scotland the highest-taxed part of the UK we need to be doing what we can to help these individuals stay afloat.
“It’s time the SNP realised the damage that their high-tax, anti-business approach is doing and had a rethink.”