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Scotland now has major tax raising powers—how should it use them?

The country faces acute economic challenges in the years ahead. The SNP should use its upcoming conference to discuss solutions

By Graeme Roy  

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Photo: Russell Cheyne/PA Wire/PA Images

Until recently, the Scottish Parliament’s budget was almost entirely determined by a block grant from Westminster.

But Scotland now has major new tax raising powers. Over £11 billion of income tax was devolved in April 2017; the UK’s stamp duty system for property transactions had already been replaced by a Scottish-only Land and Buildings Transaction Tax; from next April Air Passenger Duty will no longer apply on flights from Scottish airports and will be replaced with a new…

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