‘Asleep at wheel’ over rate rises
The Scottish Government has been accused of “falling asleep at the wheel” instead of helping north-east companies struggling with business rates rises.
More than one-third of all firms in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray have appealed their revaluations, with some facing increases of as much as 250%.
Business rates are also being reintroduced for sporting estates; a move which has been branded “an attack on rural Scotland” by the Scottish Conservatives.
Despite these issues, the Scottish Government has been unable to say how many of the affected north-east companies it has engaged. Finance secretary Derek Mackay said the Scottish Government “did not hold” the information.