Tax at Twenty (SNP conference fringe event)

Conference Suite 4, The Event Complex Aberdeen AB21 9FX (within conference secure zone),
Monday, October 14, 2019 -
12:30pm to 1:30pm

Venue: Conference Suite 4, The Event Complex Aberdeen AB21 9FX (inside secure zone)

The Scottish Parliament has had tax raising powers for twenty years but has only recently used these to set Scotland on a different tax path from the rest of the UK.

What do these tax powers mean for Scotland? Is the Scottish Government’s ‘social contract’ an incentive for taxpayers to pay more in tax? Or, will higher taxes for some be the inducement to head for Hadrian’s Wall? How is the interaction of tax decisions at Westminster and Holyrood working out?

Join us for a panel discussion as we reflect on the views from Holyrood and Westminster as well as a snapshot of what the public thinks.


  • Chair: Rachel Watson (Deputy Political Editor, Scottish Daily Mail)
  • Tom Arthur MSP (Member of the Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee)
  • Kirsty Blackman MP (Depute Leader and SNP Westminster Lead Economic Spokesperson)
  • Mark Diffley (Owner, Mark Diffley Consultancy and Research)
  • John Cullinane (Tax Policy Director, Chartered Institute of Taxation)

The panel discussion is free to attend and you don't need to register in advance, but as it is within the secure zone you will need a conference pass.

Organiser name: 
Darcia Williams
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