North East Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles has backed calls for the Scottish Government to provide business rates relief for the new £333 million Exhibition and Conference Centre in Aberdeen, on grounds that it will provide a significant economic boost to the area.
In a letter to the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Mr Rumbles compared the project to Dundee’s Caird Park Sport Facility, which received an exemption from business rates after the issue was raised by local MSPs.
The issue has cross party support from councillors in Aberdeen City, who have written to all local MSPs asking for their aid and support in the Scottish Parliament.
Mr Rumbles said: “Aberdeen City Council are quite right to highlight this contradiction in Scottish Government policy.
“The new conference centre, paid for by the council, will deliver substantial economic benefits to the area. It would be wrong for the SNP to demand a portion of those funds for the Scottish Government.
“I was very pleased to learn that the centre in Dundee had received an exemption from punitive Scottish Government business rates, it is only fair that the AECC receives the same allowance.
“I have raised this issue with the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and I hope that he will take this opportunity to support and commit to financial parity for the project, as he has done elsewhere in Scotland.”
Notes for editors:
Please find two letters attached:
- Mike Rumbles MSP to Derek Mackay MSP Cabinet Secretary for Finance (14/03/18)
- Aberdeen City Council to Mike Rumbles MSP(14/03/18)