Dating public sector
Dating public sector
On the first day back from the summer recess, Ms Sturgeon said she would publish a paper looking at income tax options to pay for her plans ahead of the budget.“The time is right, in my view, to open a discussion about how responsible and progressive use of our tax powers could help build the kind of country we want to be – one with the highest quality public services, well-rewarded public servants, good support for business, a strong social contract and effective policies to tackle poverty and inequality,” she said.
To the delight of those campaigning for “Frank’s Law” in memory of the former Dundee United footballer Frank Kopel, Ms Sturgeon said free care would be made available to those suffering from conditions such as dementia and MND who are under the age of 65.Theresa May looked set for a major U-turn after signalling the Government could review the cap on public sector pay.Downing Street officials said ministers have “heard the message” from the general election and know that voters are “weary” of austerity.The programme for government also aims to double the provision of free child care, restrict advertising on sugary and fatty food, and invest more in the NHS.New social security powers would be behind a package of measures to tackle inequality, child poverty, end rough sleeping, reduce drug deaths and provide free sanitary protection to students in school, college and university.“We understand that people are weary after years of hard work to rebuild the economy.
“Public sector pay restraint is one of the tough choices we've had to make to balance the books after Labour's crash and what was left behind.Ms Sturgeon said presumption against three month sentences would be increased to 12 month and the use of tagging offenders in the community would increase.The age of criminal responsibility is to rise from eight to 12.“But this can't be kicked into the long grass, it needs to happen now.The public sector pay cap will stay in place for the NHS and soldiers until next year, Downing Street insisted today - but police and teachers could get more money sooner.Ms Davidson said: “Because of the new financial powers, Scotland needs to raise closer to what it spends.