Date: 23 March 2011
Tax cuts for rich businesses isn’t much of a strategy – UNISON
Scotland budget response
UNISON Scotland has slammed Osborne’s decision to cut corporation
tax for rich businesses, claiming the focus should be on collecting
taxes not cutting them.
The union branded Osborne’s ‘no budge budget’ as a missed opportunity
to right Tory economic wrongs.
By passing up the chance to scale back the savage public spending
cuts, the Tories are condemning the economy to long-term low
growth and high unemployment.
UNISON’s Scottish Secretary, Mike Kirby, said: “Tax cuts for
rich businesses that don’t pay their taxes at the moment isn’t
much of a strategy.
“Each year, billions of pounds are lost to the economy due
to tax avoidance by rich businesses. Our members already pay
their taxes through PAYE and the Chancellor should be focussing
on collecting the taxes of those who don’t.
“In order to build a fairer, more sustainable society we need
fair taxation and tough measures in place to combat tax avoidance.
However, this budget will see the most vulnerable in our society
paying the price for the bankers’ mistakes as they watch the
public services they rely on disappear.”
UNISON is calling for a change of direction and a budget for
growth including a Robin Hood Tax. This tax on the banks would
add £20 billion to the public purse – twenty times the measures
the Chancellor announced today to close tax loopholes.
Twenty billion would save local services from shut down, keep
children’s nurseries open, stop hospital’s shedding jobs and
save adult day centres from closure.
Notes to editors
1.UNISON is Scotland’s largest union. For more information
on our campaign to protect public services visit: www.unison-scotland.org.uk/publicworks.