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PremierLeague-News.Com - The Scottish Government announced the move after pressure was applied by Labour.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The Scottish Government has agreed to examine how to claw back cost of living payments given to second home owners. SNP Ministers will work with council bosses to take back the £400 through extra council tax payments. Chancellor Rishi Sunak recently announced every household would receive the cash sum off their energy bills in August. READ MORE: Brexit effect will lower wages by nearly £500 for a decade and devastate Scottish fishing industry However, the Tory Government has confirmed the people with multiple homes will pocket the sum for each property. It would mean wealthy homeowners with two houses receiving more than a family on a modest income living in a flat. Labour brought forward plans to Holyrood today urging the Government to recoup double payments. Ahead of the debate, Labour MSP Mark Griffin: “As people across Scotland struggle to put food on the table, others are being handed double payments to the tune of £9.6 million. “The SNP-Green government have been asleep at the wheel throughout this cost of living crisis, but now they need to wake up. Labour MSP Mark Griffin said the Scottish Government has been asleep at the wheel A Government amendment to Labour’s motion promised to examine “all options” to recover the cash through a council tax levy on second homes and long-term empty homes.
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." Public Finance Minister Tom Arthur announced the plans during the debate, he said: "In this cost of living crisis, it is vital resources are directed at those who need it most, so it is clearly wrong that second home owners or those who own long term empty homes benefit from a second £400 energy rebate. “The Scottish Government will work with COSLA and local government to examine how to recover this money, including through a council tax levy. "We will also work them to examine how to use the funds raised to support local cost of living responses on a fair and equitable basis across Scotland. “Through the budget for 2022/23, the Scottish Government has allocated almost £3 billion to a range of support that will contribute to mitigating the impact of the increased cost of living on households.
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"This includes work to tackle child poverty, reduce inequalities and support financial wellbeing, alongside social security payments not available anywhere else in the UK. “The UK Government holds most of the powers needed to tackle the cost of living crisis – both in the immediate and longer term – including over energy, the minimum wage, National Insurance and 85% of social security spending. "The Scottish Government has continually urged the UK Government to use all its powers and fiscal headroom to address the cost of living crisis." To sign up to the Daily Record Politics newsletter, click here. READ NEXT: Patrick Grady's victim slams Ian Blackford over 'publicity stunt' statement as he calls for him to quit Ian Blackford 'sorry' over Patrick Grady sex pest case as he issues apology to victim Nicola Sturgeon set to lay out Scottish independence referendum 'route map' next week
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