This is just the first shot in a long battle – but an important one, because the SNP has already said it cannot reverse the tax credit cuts – or resist Tory social security cuts either.
Scottish Labour is to announce plans to restore tax credits for 350,000 working families in a bid to outflank the Scottish National party over the new tax powers coming to Holyrood.
Kezia Dugdale, the party’s Scottish leader, will tell delegates at the party’s annual conference that she would pay for the new policy, forecast to cost £440m by 2021, by resisting tax cuts being proposed by the SNP and the Tories.
The proposal is designed to pile pressure on John Swinney, the Scottish finance secretary and deputy first minister, after he said his government could not afford to reverse the abolition of tax credits by the UK government or restore all the UK government’s welfare cuts.
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