Day of action against cuts and austerity

Scotland's new left--wing coalition, RISE, is set to hold a day of action this weekend, in protest against austerity measures.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 24th February 2016, 10:01 am
Updated Wednesday, 24th February 2016, 10:05 am
RISE main candidate Sarah Collins
RISE main candidate Sarah Collins

The focus of the day of action is council tax, which was frozen for the ninth successive year by Scottish Borders Council in its recent budget announcement.

RISE is calling for the scrapping of the “regressive” council tax to be replaced with an income-based tax, where those on incomes under £10,000 will pay nothing while people on £25,000 would pay £675 per year.

South Scotland Regional candidate Sarah Collins said: “Cuts to our vital services must stop. A progressive tax would raise revenue to ensure that public services and infrastructure would improve.”

Borders RISE activists will be at the Market Square in Galashiels from 11am on Saturday, February 27.