Responding to this afternoon’s statement by the Finance Secretary on support for business and the economy, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:
“Finally the Scottish Government has realised the seriousness of the problems facing businesses across Scotland. In 2010 the SNP and Conservatives voted down a cap of 12.5% at the last revaluation, so I welcome their change of heart this time.
“However, the underlying problem still remains. What is the point of having a fundamental independent review if the Scottish Government is intent on frenzied changes to business rates?
“The best answer is a moratorium on changes to business rates until the government gets its act together. Just like on council tax the SNP is set to ignore its own expert review while they cobble together their own chaotic ad hoc changes.”