Salmond defends corporation tax policy


Alex Salmond defended his party's policy of cutting corporation tax in an independent Scotland during first minister's questions on 27 June 2013.

The SNP policy is to cut corporation tax by 3% of the prevailing UK level if the Yes campaign is successful.

Mr Salmond insisted the policy would lead to an increase in GDP of 1.4%, the creation of 27,000 jobs and an increase in total tax revenues.

The first minister was responding to criticism from Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont, who insisted the policy would create even greater austerity in an independent Scotland by cutting taxation of bankers and big business costing "£385m each and every year".

Ms Lamont said Mr Salmond intended to cut taxes "deeper than the Tories" and the policy would cost 140,000 jobs over 20 years.

The first minister hit back saying if Labour had any analysis of the corporation tax policy they should publish it, as the Scottish government had with their analysis showing a net job creation.

Mr Salmond accused the UK Labour party of recently "moving onto Tory ground" and said "unionist parties offer nothing but continued austerity".

Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, called for a full audit of every health board to ascertain how many people had paid or were paying for continuing care they were entitled to for free.

A review into whether people are being denied funding for nursing care was recently announced by Health Secretary Alex Neil.

It followed a BBC Scotland investigation which discovered thousands of people were wrongly told they did not qualify for funding for nursing home fees.

Ms Davidson said there had been a "systemic failure" and called for proactive steps to identify "potentially hundreds of ill and infirm people forced to pay for care that should have been paid for by the NHS".

Mr Salmond said the review, being undertaken by Dr Iain Anderson, should be allowed to complete its work and make its recommendations.

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