Small Business Bonus Scheme (South Lanarkshire)

– in the Scottish Parliament am ar 27 Mawrth 2024.

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Photo of Clare Haughey Clare Haughey Scottish National Party

5. To ask the Scottish Government how many premises in South Lanarkshire currently receive rates relief through the small business bonus scheme. (S6O-03272)

Photo of Tom Arthur Tom Arthur Scottish National Party

As at 1 July 2023, over 5,000 properties in South Lanarkshire were in receipt of small business bonus scheme relief. The Scottish budget for 2024-25 maintains the small business bonus scheme, which is the most generous small business rates relief scheme in the United Kingdom, offering up to 100 per cent relief for eligible properties.

Photo of Clare Haughey Clare Haughey Scottish National Party

Many of the powers to support businesses, as well as wider economic levers, are reserved to Westminster, including the level of VAT, alcohol and fuel duty, energy prices and interest rates, but I know that the Scottish Government’s small business bonus scheme has been a lifeline for many businesses in my Rutherglen constituency. Can the minister outline the work that will be undertaken through the new deal for business group, which is keeping reforms to the non-domestic rates system under review to ensure that they support businesses and communities?

Photo of Tom Arthur Tom Arthur Scottish National Party

Details on how the recommendations of the new deal for business NDR sub-group will be taken forward are outlined in the new deal for business group’s implementation plan and include the establishment of five short-term task teams to consider particular issues that were raised. The NDR sub-group has continued to meet regularly and is committed to quarterly meetings, which will support dialogue and engagement to explore how the NDR system can best support business growth, investment and competitiveness while acknowledging the important role that NDR income plays in funding public services.