BUSINESS RATES WILL HELP OUR COMMUNITY
Gail Ross MSP, the SNP’s member of the Scottish Parliament has today (Tuesday 21st of February) welcomed the announcement from the Scottish Government that an additional 9,500 premises will benefit from a tailored package of rates support.
Over 70% of Scottish properties will pay the same or less in 2017-18 than they do currently. Excluding large designated utilities, the average bill paid by ratepayers including the reliefs announced today, is due to decline by 2%.
Speaking today Gail said:
“I welcome the announcement today by the Scottish Government which shows that they are listening to the feedback of the business community and their concerns over the changes to rates”
“A 12.5% cap will be placed on the rates for hotels and pubs, including restaurants and café’s, a vital sector to the highlands, this should allay the fears that many have voiced recently that their business would be unable to survive if subjected to a large increase in rates.”
“I believe that the business rates review is long overdue and it is right and proper that companies and businesses contribute to our communities. I am also pleased to see that shooting estates, many of which are extremely profitable, will be expected to contribute to our economy.”
“In the Highland region there are 17,131 rateable properties of which 68% will see either a decrease or no change in their bill. It is time that opposition parties put aside political opportunism and support the substantial support that the Scottish Government is proposing. I understand that an external review is currently exploring how business rates can better reflect economic conditions and support growth. I await the results of this review with interest.”