Scot Lib Dems: SNP rates review must protect new businesses


Scottish Liberal Democrats have today criticised the Scottish Government for its shambles over business rates after it was revealed that there have been 1331 revaluation appeals made by businesses in Fife which accounts for 11% of all appeals across Scotland.

Commenting, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader and North East Fife MSP Willie Rennie said:

"The SNP Government has clearly not gone far enough in shielding new and upcoming businesses from dramatic rates rises. Businesses across Scotland have appealed against almost £1 billion worth of business rates. Fife accounts for more than its fair share of this.

"With another week to go before the deadline for submitting appeals, local businesses will be looking closely at their bills and the value of these challenges seems set to rise."

Councillor Tim Brett added:

"Businesses across Fife have been faced with gigantic rate increases this year that are putting their growth and jobs at risk. Many were hammered in 2010 and again this year. The Government didn't even analyse the impact that this would have.

“These figures show that the SNP cannot hide over their business rates hike which has caused over 1000 businesses to Fife submit appeals. The actions of the SNP speak of a party that has lost touch with the needs of local businesses and communities."


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