Council rates

It’s a shambles as one in three businesses appeal revaluation

Businesses in Dumbarton, Alexandria and Helensburgh have appealed over rates revaluations of their property. Pictures by Bill Heaney

Over 2,700 local businesses have appealed their new business rates, local MSP Jackie Baillie has revealed.

Following the 2017 revaluation, 2,701 businesses in West Dunbartonshire and Argyll & Bute have demanded the government reassess their rates.

That is a 10 per cent increase on the number of local businesses demanding a review following the 2010 revaluation.

Despite the increase, fewer than one per cent of local businesses that have appealed their business rates evaluation, have had their appeal resolved.

According to Scottish Government figures, just 17 out of 2,700 business rate appeals had been resolved as of December 31, following the controversial revaluation in 2017.

That means businesses in Dumbarton, Vale of Leven and Helensburgh which have suffered large rates increases are having to pay their new higher rates while they wait for their appeals to be heard.

Jackie said: “These figures show that thousands of businesses in West Dunbartonshire and Argyll and Bute don’t have confidence in how their rates bill is being calculated, and they are also worried by the huge hikes they have had to their rates.

“While the SNP might claim to be pro-business, the fact that over 2,700 local businesses are appealing their rates shows it is anything but.

“The 2017 rates revaluation has been a shambles from the start – and it is hurting Scotland’s businesses and our local economy.

“SNP Finance Secretary Derek Mackay needs to get a grip and deliver a fair and transparent rates system for business, rather than the confusing and opaque system that so many businesses are struggling with.”

 

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