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S5W-07475: Andy Wightman (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 23 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether the additional revenues accruing to local authorities as a result of Part 6 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act did not, as intimated by paragraph 102 of the Revised Financial Memorandum to the Bill, result in a corresponding reduction in the general revenue grant for 2017-18.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 14 March 2017

As set out in the Revised Financial Memorandum for the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill the estimated additional non-domestic rates receipts in respect of shootings and deer forests as a result of the commencement of sections 74 to 76 of the associated Act from 1 April 2017 will accrue to the relevant local authorities and were taken into account in setting the overall level of funding provided through the local government finance settlement through the guaranteed combination of the distributable amount of non-domestic rates income and General Revenue Grant.