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May 2016: The Scottish National Party won the vast majority of seats in the Scottish Parliamentary Election on 5th May 2016 but are two seats short of an overall majority. Naturally, the SNP has formed the new Scottish Government.

The number of seats won were:
Scottish National Party63
Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party31
Scottish Labour Party24
Scottish Green Party6
Scottish Liberal Democratic Party5

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April 2016:The Scottish political parties have now issued their manifestos for the forthcoming Scottish Parliamentary Election on 5th May 2016. Their policies on local government taxation are given in the website section Scottish Political Parties’ Policies.

December 2015:Publication of report from the Commission on Local Tax Reform

18 June 2015: Response made to The Commission on Local Tax Reform.

January 2015: The Proposals arising from the Smith Commission are published in a Coalition Command Paper, to deliver the pre-referendum vow on greater devolution for Scotland. The recommendations are to be enacted by the government elected at the Westminster General Election of May 2015. No implementation date was mentioned.

November 2014: The new First Minister announces that an Independent Commission to examine fairer alternatives to the Council Tax is to be set up early in the New Year, and to report by the autumn of 2015.

18 September 2014: The Scottish Referendum: 'Should Scotland be an Independent Country?' The final result was 55% 'NO' (with 2,001,926 votes) to 45% 'YES' (with 1,617,989 votes), with a record turnout of 85%.

May 2012: Proposals arising from the Calman Commission on additional tax powers become the Scotland Act 2012, but with implementation delayed until April 2016.

May 2011. The Scottish National Party won an overall majority of seats in the Scottish Parliamentary Election on 5th May 2011, and has formed the new Scottish Government. The number of seats won were:

  • Scottish National Party 69.
  • Scottish Labour Party 37.
  • Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party 15.
  • Scottish Liberal Democratic Party 5.
  • Scottish Green Party 2.
  • Independent 1.
There are now at least 74 (possibly 75) members in parties favouring a Local Income Tax. We hope that the new Scottish Government will press ahead with the introduction of a Local Income Tax as soon as possible.

April 2011: The Scottish political parties have now issued their manifestos for the forthcoming Scottish Parliamentary election on 5th May 2011. Our understanding of their policies on local government taxation is given in the Website section Scottish Political Parties' Policies.

February 2011: At the time of writing, we still await full details of most Scottish Political Parties' proposals for local government funding in the next Scottish Parliament. The next Scottish Parliamentary Election will be held on 5th May 2011. (See Website section "Scottish Political Parties' Policies").

24th October 2010: It was reported that the UK Chancellor, George Osborne, had indicated willingness to transfer the amount of Council Tax Benefit payments in Scotland (currently about £400 million) to the Scottish Parliament to use at its discretion. This contrasts with the previous Westminster Government's refusal to transfer these funds, and should remove one of the alleged difficulties in introducing a Local Income Tax at an acceptable rate.





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