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MSP expenses cap raised to cover second home council tax rise

The Scottish Parliament has increased MSPs’ expenses to allow them to use the public purse to cover the cost of council tax doubling on their second homes in Edinburgh.

‘Special treatment’ But the move has triggered fury because there is no similar workaround for any other second home owners in Scotland.

It also comes after MSPs were awarded a 6.7 per cent pay rise at the start of this month, taking their annual salaries to £72,195.


Fiona Campbell, the chief executive of the Association of Scottish Self-Caterers, said that the move feeds into the sense “politicians will manipulate the system for their own personal gain”.

She added: “There cannot be one rule for the general public and another for MSPs. There must be consistency and fairness across the board.”


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