Commission on Local Tax Reform seeks women's views

27 August 2015

Dr Angela O'Hagan

Dr Angela O'Hagan

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) will host a listening event of the Commission on Local Tax Reform as part of its public engagement ahead of its deliberations and report later in the year.

Nearly every one of the 2.4million households in Scotland is liable for Council Tax, amounting to around £2 billion in receipts in Scotland. Now over 20 years old, the Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities is working to establish the Commission on Local Tax Reform to examine alternatives.

The event at GCU will seek the views of women as the Commission has identified that women are disproportionately affected by taxation, recent changes to benefit changes and cuts to public services. The Commission is concerned that further changes do not negatively impact low income households. This is one of a series of events taking place with specific communities of interest including young people, older people, disabled groups and rural communities.

Co-chair of the Commission and President of Cosla Councillor David O’Neill will be in attendance along with commissioners Jackie Baillie MSP and GCU’s Dr Angela O’Hagan.

The findings of the Commission will be available to all political parties as they prepare their manifestos for the May 2016 Scottish Parliament election.