‘Asleep at wheel’ over rate rises

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - NEWS -

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.

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