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S5W-07518: Neil Bibby (West Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution on 21 February 2017 (Official Report, c. 18), what support it can give to businesses that deliver childcare and early years services that are concerned about a rise in business rates.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 7 March 2017

Business that deliver childcare and early years services may benefit from a range of Scottish Government policies including the decision to match the English poundage rate and cut the current rate by 3.7%; increasing the threshold at which the large business supplement becomes payable; expanding the small business bonus scheme threshold for 100% relief from £10,000 to £15,000.

In addition, Local Councils can, under the Community Empowerment Act, create their own local reliefs to assist any business, area or sector.