Delighted to note that, after a further £1.1 billion has been given by the UK Government to the Scottish Government, retail, tourism, hospitality and aviation businesses will pay no rates next year.
“Common sense has finally prevailed despite the SNP’s stubbornness to help north east businesses that are on the brink.
“Yet again, businesses at their greatest time of need have been treated abysmally by the Scottish Government through this process.
“However, the Scottish Conservatives have repeatedly demanded this extension and we are pleased the SNP have finally given in and are to support the retail, leisure, hospitality, aviation and newspaper sectors.
“This is an important lesson on why businesses across Scotland should be treated equally and fairly.
“Aberdeen has been a cash cow to the central belt for far too long now and going forward, past the pandemic, this has to change.”
Separately, the article says: "Non-domestic rates are based on valuations completed in 2015, before the oil and gas downturn, and are no longer representative of trading circumstances in the north east but MSPs voted in December to delay revaluations by at least another year":
The Scottish Conservatives didn't and I spoke out against the SNP's plans!
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