Money raised by the Scottish Government’s Stamp Duty replacement has fallen in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.
Theresa May visited Wokingham yesterday to promote her new policy of giving most first-time buyers assistance in getting on the property ladder.
Scottish Finance Secretary Derek Mackay was under pressure last night to follow the UK Government’s decision to scrap stamp duty for first time property buyers.
Philip Hammond's Budget pledge of £2 billion for Scotland has been dismissed as "smoke and mirrors" by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
From April 1, stamp duty will be changing.
John Swinney’s claim that the Scottish replacement of stamp duty would not increase taxes has been undermined by independent analysis.
The formal handover of powers allowing the collection of the first Scottish taxes in more than 300 years will happen on Wednesday.
The new stamp duty rates announced at the beginning of last month will put Scotland at a further disadvantage, according to Savills.
The Tories are to press for changes to the SNP government's budget plans which the party claims will cost homeowners thousands of pounds.
Changes in how stamp duty on the sale of homes is applied was welcomed as a long-overdue reform, but will see house sellers in England and Wales better off than Scots.
Scotland will continue to pay the price of UK Government austerity measures, according to John Swinney.
The home building industry has warned that the new Scottish tax to replace the Stamp Duty could undermine the property market in areas like Aberdeen.