Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP, Murdo Fraser, has today launched a scathing attack on the SNP’s lacklustre Programme for Government during a speech in the Scottish Parliament.
In it, the Scottish Conservative MSP, questioned why so little was being done to support economic growth and questioned tax hikes for independent schools considering there were around 500 people directly employed in the sector in Perth and Kinross.
Under the Barclay Review proposals, the Scottish Government plans to remove charitable business rates relief for the country’s independent schools in a move that is set to hit schools, like the New School in Butterstone, which provides additional needs support.
Commenting, Murdo Fraser MSP said:
“The SNP’s programme for government is clear evidence that the Scottish Government has run out of ideas and impetus.
“Yesterday, the First Minister had the opportunity to put forward bills to grow the economy but instead opted to launch a bill that will remove charitable relief for independent schools.
“In Perth and Kinross there are up to 500 people directly employed in a sector that is worth millions to the local economy. Removing charitable relief puts this in jeopardy whilst also penalising the good work of special schools that help children with additional support needs.
“At a time when the Scottish Government is struggling to balance the books these plans are a disaster and should be resisted.”