Rumbles calls for business rates consultation to re-open

The Scottish Government’s Finance Minister has signalled that the Scottish Government are minded to re-open submissions on the public consultation to the Barclay Review Of Business Rates in Scotland. 

In today’s Budget Debate in the Scottish Parliament, North East MSP Mike Rumbles called for the consultation to be reopened, following the government U-turn earlier this week, and the Minister spoke positively and said would seriously consider the proposal.


Mr Rumbles said: “Hundreds of North East and Scottish industries have been told that their rates could double and only this week the Scottish Government has pulled a huge U-turn by capping rates increases for many medium sized businesses.


“It is no wonder many employers don’t know whether they are coming or going and it is only right that they have the chance to express their views on these dramatic changes.


“The Barclay Review has been set up for that very reason, to gauge the reaction to the government’s proposed changes, but the consultation period closed in October last year. Long before the Minister announced his punitive rates hike.


“I would like to thank the Minister for responding so speedily in considering my proposal to re-open the consultation. Businesses in the North East and across the country should be allowed to have their say.”




Notes for editors:


Mike Rumbles question to the Finance Minster 23/02/2017:

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution on 21 February 2017 (Official Report, c. 18), in light of the plans to introduce a national relief scheme and the reaction from businesses regarding the revaluation of non-domestic rates, what its position is on re-opening submissions on the public consultation to the Barclay Review Of Business Rates in Scotland.


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