SMITH COMMISSION: BOYACK CALLS FOR POWERS TO DELIVER SOCIAL JUSTICE
Scottish Labour Leadership candidate, Sarah Boyack MSP, said:
“I’m not going to pre-empt the Smith Commission. If Scotland is to get the full devolution of income tax, and that has not been confirmed, I’d want a cast iron guarantee from Lord Smith that Scotland will be no worse off.
“I’m also determined that we get the welfare powers Labour has called for – in particular attendance allowance, the Work Programme and housing benefit. They are crucial if we are to have the power to deliver on our social justice aspirations and empower our local authorities.
“I’ve also been clear that as Leader I would support the implementation of a 50p rate for earners above £150,000. This policy is already supported by Labour at a UK level and must be our ambition for the Scottish Parliament too.”