Date: 6th January 2021 at 10:23am
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Alex Rae has pleaded with the Government to increase funding for a drugs rehabilitation centre that he is involved with.

According to a page no longer available on the BBC website during a two year spell at Rangers the midfielder enjoyed £569,000 paid into an offshore Trust that was intended by be free of Income Tax and National Insurance.

Had that sum been paid in the same way as other people in the UK are rewarded Rae would have received around £250,000 with slightly more than that going to HMRC to distribute across the nation including the NHS and various projects to help people fighting drug addictions.

In July 2017 the UK Supreme Court ruled that the Ibrox scheme was disguised remuneration liable to Income Tax and National Insurance payments.

The Sun reports:

Former Ibrox ace Alex said: “The situation is looking dire. It would be devastating if we had to close down. Without doubt we have saved lives and got hundreds of people clean. It’s the Scottish Government’s responsibility to support projects like ours.”

According to the report the project requires £200,000 a year in running costs but has recently lost grants worth £70,000.

Deputy Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson has taken up the case for extra funding with the Scottish Parliament, Douglas Ross doesn’t have a seat at the Holyrood Parliament.