Date lodged: 17 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what meetings ministers have had with businesses affected by the revaluation of business rates, and what the outcome was of these meetings.
Answered by: Derek Mackay 22 March 2017
Ministers meet regularly with ratepayers, trade bodies, business organisations, Assessors and other stakeholders to discuss business rates and the impact of the 2017 revaluation.
As a result, a package of measures was introduced to support businesses in 2017-18 which included a reduction in the poundage of 3.7%; an increase in the rateable value threshold that the large business supplement becomes payable from £35,000 to £51,000; an expansion of the Small Business Bonus Scheme to remove business rates from an estimated 100,000 premises; a 12.5% cap on bill rises for pubs, hotels, restaurants and cafes and offices in Aberdeen City and Shire.