Date lodged: 1 October 2018
To ask the Scottish Government which local authorities are using or are seeking to use their powers under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 to reduce business rates in 2018-19.
Answered by: Kate Forbes 19 October 2018
While Scottish Ministers strongly encourage local councils to consider the use of the powers available to them under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 to support local businesses, it is for councils as independent bodies, democratically elected and accountable to their local electorate, to determine how they prioritise their resources and when to use the powers available to them.
I would refer the member to the answer to question S5W-17597 on 20 July 2018, which presents data from our most recent returns on the amount of local discretionary rates relief Local Authorities have, or plan to, award under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.
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