Magazine article Public Finance

Salmond Sets out His Legislative Stall for the Year Ahead

Magazine article Public Finance

Salmond Sets out His Legislative Stall for the Year Ahead

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First Minister Alex Salmond has set out his legislative programme for the first year of his government with a total of 11 Bills, ranging from the abolition of road bridge tolls to reforms aimed at improving Scotland's public health.

But, as expected, there was no Bill in the programme covering the Scottish National Party's most controversial plans, moves towards independence for Scotland and replacing council tax with a local income tax.

Instead, Salmond promised in his legislative statement to the Scottish Parliament on September 5, that there would be consultations on proposals to replace the 'unfair and discredited' council tax wtth a local income tax.

The government would also work wtth town halls to freeze council tax while the consultations are carried out.

'Restoring belief in the power of democratically elected government to effect change - something which remains one of the great challenges for any modern government - is about focusing on the possible rather than merely accepting the status quo,' Salmond told MSPs.

His minority administration would seek to 'persuade' other parties and find shared values and objectives, he said. …

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