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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-18366: Bill Bowman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 August 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the Scottish Retail Consortium’s classification of the Scottish Government’s projection of having a "competitive rates regime" as a "stated ambition" rather than a factual reality, as indicated in various Scottish Government publications.

Answered by: Kate Forbes 6 September 2018

The Scottish Government provides the most competitive rates relief package in the UK. Worth around £720 million, the package includes significantly more generous support for small business across Scotland as well as a number of measures which are unique in the UK.

These measures include the Small Business Bonus Scheme which lifts over 100,000 properties out of rates altogether, the Business Growth Accelerator which encourages new business investment by temporarily suspending rates liabilities increase for new build or improved properties, the Day Nurseries relief which reduces the overheads to nursery providers that play such an important role in ensuring our children have the best start in life, as well as support for the renewables sector through Hydro relief.