A vote for Labour is a vote to cut the gap between the richest and the rest, not for cuts to public services.

That’s the message from Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale as she campaigns this week.

Labour will use the new powers of the Scottish Parliament to tax the richest 1% who earn more than £150,000 a year, with a 50p top rate of tax to invest in schools.

Labour’s fair start fund will mean £1000 of extra funding for each of the poorest pupils to cut the attainment gap.

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said:

“Labour will use the new powers of the Scottish Parliament to cut the gap between the richest and the rest in our classrooms, not cut the budget for our schools.

These cuts are a short-sighted move which will short-change Scotland. We need to give our young people the skills they need to compete for the jobs of the future. That means investing in our young people not accepting more cuts. We can do things differently now.

Labour will use the new powers of the Scottish Parliament to tax the richest 1% so we can invest in our schools, and stop the cuts to our public services.

More Labour MSPs in the next parliament means more voices standing against the cuts and for investment in public services

If people want to stop the cuts so we can invest in the future of our economy then they need to give both of their votes to Labour. Voting for the SNP and the Tories is a vote for more cuts. Only Labour has a positive plan to stop the cuts and invest in the future.”