Busi­ness rates are now to be capped

The Oban Times - - Front Page -

BUSI­NESS rates for the hospi­tal­ity sec­tor have been capped at 12.5 per cent af­ter the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment bowed to pres­sure from um­brella or­gan­i­sa­tions and me­dia cam­paigns.

Pro­posed new busi­ness rates were an­nounced to wide­spread con­dem­na­tion.

It was feared that the new rates may have crip­pled many busi­nesses due to the hike in tar­iffs but the Holy­rood ad­min­is­tra­tion has said the rates have been capped un­til the Bar­clay Re­view is pub­lished into the set­ting of levies.

Ar­gyll tourism ex­pert Calum Ross, from Ar­d­u­aine, who is a board mem­ber of the Scot­tish Tourism Al­liance (STA) and Visit Scot­land, had been work­ing with the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to try to se­cure some lee­way in the busi­ness rates rise that in some cases was more than 50 per cent of an in­crease.

For more on busi­ness rates, turn to page five.

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