Scotland’s Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said her party would raise taxes for higher earners to pay for improvements to education.

She also told her party conference in Perth that a Labour government at Holyrood would reverse tax credit changes affecting working families.

Ms Dugdale insisted “ordinary” tax payers need not pay more for her plans.

She said her education proposals would be paid for by asking those “very top earners” to pay “a bit more tax”.

The MSP outlined the party’s “Fair Start Fund” which would be linked to every child from a poorer family.

The money would not be handed out by councils but would be sent direct to schools and controlled by the teachers and head teachers “who know their schools best”.

She made the announcement after criticising the SNP administration at Holyrood.

Ms Dugdale said: “I say to the SNP after eight years in charge – I will judge you on your record. And I will judge you above all on your record on education.

“Every child you have left behind, well that neglect offends this Labour movement. Every single one of the 6,000 children, who has left a Scottish primary school this year, on your watch, first minister, unable to read properly.

“Well that record disgraces this nation and it constrains its future.”

Other announcements included:

  • restoring the money Scottish families stand to lose from the Conservative government’s tax credit cuts
  • giving care workers a “real living wage”
  • handing youngsters leaving care and going to university a grant of £6,000 a year
  • dropping SNP plans to cut Air Passenger Duty
  • and ditching Chancellor George Osborne’s proposals to cut the higher rate of income tax.

Source: Scottish Labour would raise tax for ‘top earners’ to pay for education plan

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