Kenneth Gibson MSP has welcomed the fact that Labour’s Leader in Scotland Anas Sarwar MSP has finally come off the fence to support the Scottish Government's fully funded council tax freeze.
Since the First Minister made the announcement, Labour councils have voted to oppose the freeze and senior Labour politicians have attacked the measure - despite the fact it will help every household in Scotland.
This also comes after Labour contested the Rutherglen and Hamilton West by-election on a pledge that they would oppose “The SNP making you pay more council tax”.
After a fortnight of confusion Sarwar has confirmed to the Daily Record he does back the SNP's council tax freeze.
"The SNP's council tax freeze is so popular it has actually persuaded Labour in Scotland to back a policy for once - despite Labour councils voting to oppose the freeze and various Labour politicians attacking the SNP since the announcement.
“It was also a key Labour pledge in the Rutherglen and Hamilton West by-election just weeks ago - one they tried to forget the moment the polls closed.
"Freezing council tax will benefit every single household in Scotland, putting money directly into people’s pockets to help support them through the Westminster cost of living crisis.
"The SNP Government is working every day to protect the people of Scotland from Tory Westminster policies, the majority of which Labour have committed to continuing.
"Scotland's best future is independence, not mitigating Westminster policies. Independent countries like Scotland are wealthier and fairer than the UK - so the question is, why not Scotland?"