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05/02/2020

ASSC Respond to Business Rates Vote

ASSC Respond to Business Rates Vote

ASSC Respond to Business Rates Vote

During today’s debate at Holyrood on amendments tabled to the Scottish Government’s Non-Domestic Rates Bill, MSPs have voted to reject proposals that would have scrapped national business rate relief and would have transferred control of business rates to Scotland’s 32 local authorities.

Last month, the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) joined other industry and small business stakeholders in highlighting concerns over the amendment tabled by Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman which had secured support at Stage 2 in the legislative process.

However, at Stage 3, MSPs voted to overturn those amendments, with Scottish Conservative and Scottish Labour MSPs joining the Scottish Government in opposing Andy Wightman’s changes.

Commenting on today’s events, the Chief Executive of the ASSC Fiona Campbell said:

“We commend those MSPs that listened to the concerns from a large section of business community in Scotland and have voted against this ill-considered amendment that would have abolished the Uniform Business Rate.”

“If agreed to, the amendment would have been bad for business and the tourism industry in Scotland, particularly our hardworking members in the traditional self-catering sector.” 

“The ASSC is pleased that MSPs have reconsidered what the amendment would have meant in practice, its damaging consequences for doing business in Scotland, and voted accordingly.”

MSPs will now vote on the Bill as a whole tomorrow.

 

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