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S5W-08179: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 16 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what further steps it will take to provide relief to businesses in North Ayrshire, which will be impacted by the increase in business rates.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 22 March 2017

The Scottish Government has introduced a package of measures for 2017-18 which will benefit businesses in North Ayrshire, including a 3.7% reduction in the poundage rate; an increase in the rateable value threshold that the large business supplement becomes payable from £35,000 to £51,000; an increase in the Small Business Bonus Scheme threshold for 100% relief from £10,000 to £15,000; and a bill rise cap of 12.5% on bill rises for hotels, pubs, cafes and restaurants.

Additionally all local Councils in Scotland have powers under the Community Empowerment Act to create their own local business rates relief schemes.