Rachael Singh, Accountancy Age, Friday 11 June 2010 at 13:07:00

Scotland should have greater powers over income tax said David Miliband,favourite to succeed Gordon Brown


Former foreign secretary David Miliband has backed calls for Scotland toreceive increased tax powers.

Miliband, the favourite to become the Labour party's next leader, supportedplans for Scottish ministers to receive increased control on its country'sincome tax the Daily Telegraphreported.

"I've always believed that the redistribution of power, as well as theredistribution of wealth and opportunity, is an important part of Labour'smessage," said Miliband.

"I see the growing strength of devolution as being a complement to agenuinely United Kingdom," he added.

The suggestion to increase Scotland's responsibility for income tax was madeby the Calman Commission. It also proposed Holyrood should have greater powersover air guns, drink-drive limits and speed restrictions.

Miliband made the comments in Scottish Parliament days before a hustings inGlasgow, involving five Labour candidates.

The Labour party won 41 out of 59 seats in Scotland.

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