Stamp duty would have cost City and Shire £6.1m...

Alexander Burnett
Alexander Burnett

Scottish Conservatives claim that the SNP’s stamp duty replacement would have hit Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire homebuyers for £6 million more than the UK system last year.

This means people buying property across the region are paying £6.5 million more in tax than finance secretary John Swinney originally pledged.

This independent analysis has shown us the true colours of the SNP.

Alexander Burnett, WAK Conservative Candidate

The statistics were compiled by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) ahead of the changes being formally introduced north of the border today.

People looking to buy property in Aberdeen, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, Aberdeenshire and East Renfrewshire would have been one of the worst off, accounting for 90 per cent of the hit.

Earlier this year the Scottish Government gave in to pressure from the Scottish Conservatives and reduced the tax hit on people buying homes over £250,000.

Scottish Conservative Candidate for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine Alexander Burnett said: “The people of Aberdeen City and Shire can now see the price of supporting the SNP.

“And it is a hefty price.

“With this one tax alone, the SNP has launched a £6.5 million tax raid on people just because they want to buy a home.

“This independent analysis has shown us the true colours of the SNP. It is only the Scottish Conservatives who will fight this election for a fair deal on tax for Scotland.”