A row erupted last week at Midlothian House regarding the Scottish Government’s decision to stop collecting historic poll tax debt.
At the full council meeting, the SNP administration tabled a motion welcoming this move, while the Labour group made an amendment calling on Holyrood to reimburse the £8 million it says is still outstanding from non-payment in the county.
Labour went on to allege the plans were a bribe for people to vote yes on September 18 in the Independence Referendum.
Councillor Adam Montgomery (Lab) added a: “This sets a dangerous precedent. I was brought up to pay what you’re due. I feel we are just letting people off with not paying. If you are honest and law abiding it’s not fair.”
But council leader Owen Thompson (SNP) said: “How do you make someone a bribe after the vote? I can’t get my head around that.
“I find myself sitting here slightly disbelieving. It’s changed days indeed. I assumed, perhaps wrong, that Labour would back this motion. Red Tories indeed.”
Councillor Thompson added that Holyrood has promised compensation to councils for loss of unpaid poll tax.
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