Kezia Dugdale said she wanted to use new powers to chart a different course from austerity.

Kezia Dugdale said she wanted to use new powers to chart a different course from austerity.

Look at the SNP quote at the end of the following passage. That’s exactly the sort of response a Conservative would give, after Ms Dugdale spoke against Tory-led austerity.

Makes you think.

The Scottish Labour leader has attacked the SNP’s “cruel and unnecessary” cuts to local councils as she laid out her party’s plans to reform the country’s welfare system using the new powers being devolved to Holyrood from Westminster.

Describing the upcoming Scottish Parliament vote in May as the country’s first “tax and spend” election, Kezia Dugdale said she wanted to use the new powers to chart a different course from Conservative-led austerity, which she said the SNP was unwilling to do.

The Scottish Government’s recent budget, which is expected to result in the country’s local authorities having to find £350m of savings, was evidence that there was “nothing progressive” about the SNP, she told party activists and supporters during a speech in Glasgow.

Ms Dugdale said Scottish Labour would use the new powers over welfare in the Scotland Bill to help those who needed it, by raising the Carer’s Allowance and doubling the Sure Start maternity grant as well as abolishing the so-called bedroom tax. The Scottish Government is set to outline its own proposals on welfare on Tuesday.

Labour has also proposed paying for public services by raising the Scottish rate of income tax, at the same time as offering a £100 rebate to those on lower incomes so they are not disadvantaged. The SNP has claimed that the policy would hit low-paid workers, which Ms Dugdale dismissed as “shameless dishonesty”.

Responding to her speech, SNP MSP Mark McDonald said Labour’s economic policies were “neither credible or consistent”.

Source: Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale attacks ‘cruel and unnecessary’ SNP council cuts | UK Politics | News | The Independent

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