Salmond pledges to axe bedroom tax
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Communities, Housing
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The leader of the Scottish National Party Alex Salmond has pledged to axe the bedroom tax in Scotland should the country gain independence.
Speaking at the SNP's conference in Perth, Salmond also said that his party would re-nationalise the Royal Mail and increase the minimum wage.
The Scottish public will vote in a referendum to decide on the country's independence next year.
The SNP's pledge to end the bedroom tax follows Ed Miliband's promise to abolish the policy should Labour win power in 2015.
Salmond criticised the state of the minimum wage, claiming that it had failed to rise in real terms for the 70,000 Scots that received it.
The leader also attempted to goad prime minister David Cameron into taking part with him in a live TV debate on independence. Cameron has so far refused to join Salmond in a TV debate, saying that former Labour chancellor Alistair Darling, chief of the campaign for Scotland to remain part of the UK, should take part instead.