Scottish Government business rates relief saves employers more than £5 billion

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In a Freedom of Information question on Wednesday, Emma Harper (South Scotland) (Scottish National Party) asked the Scottish Government how much businesses had saved in total from business rates relief since 2007, broken down by local authority area.

Kate Forbes replied:

The following table shows how much non-domestic rates relief has saved businesses cumulatively from 2009-10 until 2017-18, based on local authority income returns. Local authority breakdowns are not currently available for earlier years.

Local authority Rates relief (£m) Aberdeen 281 Aberdeenshire 191 Angus 96 Argyll & Bute 101 Clackmannanshire 34 Dumfries & Galloway 121 Dundee City 211 East Ayrshire 90 East Dunbartonshire 72 East Lothian 88 East Renfrewshire 48 Edinburgh, City of 841 Eilean Siar 33 Falkirk 120 Fife 346 Glasgow City 1,050 Highland 303 Inverclyde 69 Midlothian 79 Moray 68 North Ayrshire 123  North Lanarkshire 277 Orkney Islands 31 Perth & Kinross 172 Renfrewshire 194 Scottish Borders 118 Shetland Islands 43 South Ayrshire 110 South Lanarkshire 264 Stirling 116 West Dunbartonshire 66 West Lothian 169 Total: £5.3 billion  

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4 thoughts on “Scottish Government business rates relief saves employers more than £5 billion

  1. Interesting that the H of C response to Boris’ suggestion that they go into recess for the duration of the tory party conference was “Now is not the time” – Funny thing is that I can’t help but think I’ve heard that phrase somewhere before – but just can’t place it right now.

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  2. But, BBC Scotland reported on the amount written off in the Scottish accounts in the report from the Auditor. While the Auditor gave a measured response and Mr Derek MacKay gave a fuller explanation, which was both political and economic in tone, the dogwhistled message was of’ government waste’.

    There was also an interview with the PM by Glenn Campbell, where Mr Johnson dodged answering the accusations of rabble rousing, and then went on to slate the SNP using the script which the BBC/ScotLab/SCAUP/ScotLibDem all use – schools bad, health service bad, highest taxed part of the UK, ‘promised’ that 2014 settled things for a generation. All of this was unchallenged and then repeated at length in the various breaks for the headlines. Look at the publicity when Richard Leotard (sic) made the accusation that SG are defying the Electoral Commission – there was more intellectual substance to a fox’s fart.

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  3. Updated numbers available on Scottish Fisheries. Beeb Scotland did carry news but (largely) missed the important stuff in the small, but welcome, 1% increase in those employed and the continuing (also welcome) trend for smaller vessels (under 10m) which often represent working family owned businesses. (Rather than large scale rapacious capital interests – home grown or international).

    My understanding (in possession of precisely less than zero knowledge in this field) is that the noticeable reduction in larger vessels in the shellfish sector is helpful as the larger vessels often apply a seabed ‘dragging’ technique which can result in damage to the sustainability of the eco-system involved). link and snippets below (Note – a variation to John’s meme about 8% – apparently the Scottish fishing fleet account for 8% of the EU’s TOTAL landings).

    Latest figures show that in 2018 Scottish-registered fishing vessels landed 446 thousand tonnes of sea fish and shellfish with a value of £574 million. This is a four per cent decrease in tonnage and a one per cent increase in real terms value (adjusted for inflation) from 2017.

    There were 2,089 active Scottish registered fishing vessels in 2018, an increase of 24 vessels from 2017 due to growth in the ten metre and under fleet. The number of fishers working on these vessels was 4,860, which is up one per cent on 2018.

    Landings destination
    In 2018, Scottish vessels landed 62 per cent by tonnage and 74 per cent by value of their landings into Scotland. Scottish vessels’ landings into the rest of the UK accounted for only 3 per cent by tonnage and 5 per cent by value and the remainder was landed abroad (36 per cent by tonnage and 21 per cent by value). The top three destinations abroad were Norway, the Republic of Ireland and Denmark.

    Scottish Fishing Fleet
    The number of active fishing vessels registered in Scotland was 2,089 at the end of 2018, representing an increase of 24 vessels (one per cent) from 2017. The number of vessels in:

    The 10 metre and under fleet increased by 36 to 1,539 vessels.

    The over 10 metre fleet decreased by 12 to 550 vessels: (Note: shellfish fleet decreased by 11 to 347 vessels).

    Fishers Employed
    In 2018, the overall number of fishers working on Scottish fishing vessels was reported at 4,860 which is up one per cent on 2017. Employment in the sea fishing fleet accounted for 0.2 per cent of total employment in Scotland.

    Welcoming the latest figures, Scottish Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing said:

    “For a small nation, in an EU member state operating within the Common Fisheries Policy, Scotland punches well above its weight in the European fishing sector. We have one of the largest white fish markets in Europe in Peterhead, our boats catch 8% of the total EU landings and the industry turnover exceeds half a billion pounds each year. Much of that money is the lifeblood of some our most vulnerable coastal communities, and so what these statistics tell us is very important.”

    PS – For attention of B.Johnson Esq – That’s called Doing The Day Job (You should try it sometime).


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