MSPs are returning to work at Holyrood after the festive break, with their inboxes full to bursting with issues to tackle in the coming year. So what does 2018 have in store for Scottish politics? The early part of the year at Holyrood will be dominated by scrutiny of Finance Secretary Derek Mackay's draft budget.
The Scottish government's draft budget for the coming year includes funds to study the idea of setting up a "citizen's income". So what is a basic income system, and how might it work in Scotland? The basic income system is a radical redesign of tax and welfare - completely redrawing the relationship between the state and the citizen. Under such a system, every individual would be given a cash payment at regular intervals, without any requirement to work or demonstrate a willingness to work.
The changes to the income tax system in the Scottish budget mean almost everyone in the country will notice some difference in their lives. But what other big measures were in there, and exactly does will mean for you? The most significant change is the move to a five-band income tax system. This isn't just as simple as lower earners getting a tax cut, while the better off pay more.
Interesting exchanges in @SP_FinCon with Murdo Fraser querying what Derek Mackay has "down the back of the sofa" for a budget deal.
Finance sec says "there can be a shuffling of numbers" - but sounds like the deficit in the NDR pool leaves a little less room for maneuverability https://t.co/91aOHAo3KO
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