Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee is looking to hear from a range of businesses, charities and organisations about their views on the potential impact of the Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill.
The Bill arises from an independent review of non-domestic rates (the Barclay Review), followed by a Scottish Government consultation in 2016, and reforms various aspects of non-domestic rates (also known as business rates, or NDR). Earlier this year, the Committee issued a call for evidence on the Bill, inviting people to send in their views, which ran until the end of May 2019. Responses to this call for evidence from organisations and individuals are available on the Scottish Parliament website.
The Committee has organised an event to gather feedback, on Tuesday 10th September, 9:30am – 11am at The Engine Shed, Forthside Way, Stirling, FK8 1QZ.
The aim of the event is to provide those with an interest in their communities the opportunity to speak to the committee about the reform. They are particularly keen to hear from those who have accessed the Small Business Bonus scheme, including social enterprises.
Issues discussed at the event may include:
- experience of business rates, whether as a ratepayer or potential ratepayer (a business owner or someone running a charity or trust), or someone who represents a rate collector (and whether or not the balance currently right between supporting local businesses and making sure they pay a fair share for local services)
- what changes attendees would like to see to the current NDR system and whether they think the Bill will deliver them
- relatedly, anything they believe is important about business rates, which is not in the Bill but should be (if the Bill passes the first Parliamentary stage it becomes open to amendment, and new things can be added)
- views on specific aspects of the Bill
Places are limited, and booking is essential.
To book your place, or for further information, please contact Kate Smith by phone: 0131 348 5414, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org