TAG | Aberdeenshire
Liberal Democrat Candidate Sanjay Samani for Angus North and Mearns has revealed that 102,500 in Aberdeenshire and 53,200 people in Angus will pay reduced income tax from April this year, thanks to the Liberal Democrat-led increase in the personal tax allowance.
In addition, over 2,500 people in Aberdeenshire and 1,560 people in the Angus will not pay ANY income tax.
Liberal Democrats in the UK Government will be increasing the personal tax allowance to £10,000, meaning no-one will pay any tax on the first £10,000 they earn. The allowance will rise by £1,000 this April, with a further £600 rise next April, as just announced in the UK budget.
Commenting, Sanjay Samani, said:
“Thanks to the Liberal Democrats, over 4,000 people across Angus, Mearns and Aberdeenshire will not pay any income tax and more than 155,000 people will pay much less than they did before.”
“Liberal Democrats promised at last year’s General Election to increase the personal allowance. I am proud that my colleagues in Westminster are delivering on that promise.”
“Labour put an incredible income tax burden on the poorest in society. It is not fair that people on the lowest incomes paid so much of their income in tax. “
Montrose councillor David May added,
“Liberal Democrats have put money into the pockets of Montrose families.”
“In just 11 months, 54,760 people in Angus have benefited from Liberal Democrats in Government. This figure will now increase as the tax system gets fairer under Liberal Democrats.”
Stonehaven councillor Peter Bellarby added,
“Liberal Democrats are delivering on their promise to help residents in Stonehaven, Laurencekirk and Mearns.”
“Over 105,000 people in Aberdeenshire will gain from April thanks to Liberal Democrats in Government. The number who will benefit will rise again next year with the further increase in the allowance and more, year on year through the lifetime of the Coalition Government.”
Angus and Mearns candidate Sanjay Samani has welcomed the major concessions to this year’s Scottish Budget secured by Liberal Democrat MSPs which will help Aberdeen, Angus and Dundee Colleges.
Concessions made to the Liberal Democrats include:
- Additional funding for FE bursaries of £15 million, spread across 2010-2011-12 to provide additional student support for current student numbers.
- Additional funding of £8 million in 2011-12 that would support an additional 1,200 college places and associated student support.
- 1,500 additional Modern Apprenticeships, including 500 places for the renewables sector, at a cost of £2 million
- 2,000 additional flexible training opportunities
“40,000 students across Scoltand were going to have their budgets slashed by the SNP Government, but this has been reversed thanks to the Lib Dems working hard for you at Holyrood.”
“This is a better budget than the SNP presented in November. It is better for young people in the Mearns wanting the skills they need to find jobs, helping our local economy. It is better for colleges in Angus, Dundee and Aberdeen, that will be able to provide more opportunities. And it is better for Angus and Mearns businesses that will be able to take on more apprentices.”
“It is also great to hear that the National Union of Students support what we have done.”
Commenting Liam Burns, President of NUS Scotland, said:
“This is great news and testament to the hard work of thousands of college students across Scotland and the Scottish Liberal Democrats. Students across colleges and universities have mobilised fantastically well, with over 32,000 letters and emails sent to MSPs on this issue.
“To win £15m college bursaries, and £8m for college places, in a budget which is being cut is a fantastic result. We hope this will now end the yearly ritual of college bursaries running out and end the threat of cuts to 40,000 of our poorest students.”