Martin Compston 'happy to pay high tax as people struggle to keep lights on'

Martin Compston ‘happy’ to pay high tax as people struggle to keep lights on
Martin Compston ‘happy’ to pay high tax as people struggle to keep lights on

Martin Compston is “more than happy” to pay high tax as people in Scotland struggle to keep their lights on.

The 38-year-old Line of Duty star said like “everyone else” he doesn’t want to fork out more cash, but in the current cost-of-living crisis is keen to do his part.

The celebrity said he was "happy to be paying 46%" tax on his TV earnings and said simply “those who earn more should be paying more".

It comes as chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng announced the UK Government is scrapping the 45p additional tax rate for the highest earners.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer’s move has faced vicious backlash, including from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who said it would allow the super wealthy to 'laugh all the way to the actual bank'.

Compston took to social media to share his views, and tweeted: “Absolute disgrace during a cost-of-living crisis.

“Those who earn more should be paying more in periods like this.

“I don’t want to pay more tax, same as everybody else, but when people are literally struggling to keep their lights on [I'm] more than happy to be paying 46% here in Scotland.”

The cost-of-living crisis has plunged the country into the worst economic crisis since the 1970s.

We recently reported how Old Kilpatrick Food Parcels went from serving 57 families in February to 458 in August.

The founder of the charity revealed the devastating figures to the Glasgow Times, stating she "never saw this coming in a million years”.

She stated the cost-of-living crisis was even forcing families in employment to ask for help as their wages aren't stretching across the month.

Now Kwarteng has put an end to the top rate of income tax for the highest earners as he spent tens of billions of pounds in a “gamble” to increase growth.

In a mini-budget, the cap on bankers’ bonuses is being scrapped and restrictions to the welfare system are being added. He argued tax cuts are “central to solving the riddle of growth”.

Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “The super wealthy laughing all the way to the actual bank (though I suspect many of them will also be appalled by the moral bankruptcy of the Tories) while increasing numbers of the rest relying on food banks - all thanks to the incompetence and recklessness of this failed UK Government."