Firms in 'no man's land'

More than 51,000 businesses awaiting rates appeals

Dean LockhartMore than two thirds of businesses have waited at least 18 months to learn the outcome of their business rates appeals, according to new figures. 

The Non-Domestic Rates Revaluation Appeals 2018-19 Q2 report published by the Scottish Government shows that almost three quarters of businesses have challenged their rates valuations.

Of the businesses which have lodged appeals, in excess of 51,000 businesses are still waiting for their appeals to be resolved over 18 months after revaluation, representing a value of £4.5 billion. 

Dean Lockhart, pictured, Scottish Conservative economy spokesman,said: “More than fifty thousand Scottish businesses are stuck in no man’s land waiting for resolution of their appeal.

“Rates valuations make a significant difference to businesses particularly in these tough economic times.

“The SNP’s failure to manage the appeals process within a reasonable amount of time demonstrates their total failure to support business. 

“The SNP must speed up this system and give businesses the certainty they need to continue to trade.”


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