Date lodged: 22 June 2016
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-00373 by Fergus Ewing on 13 June 2016, what rationale it used in selecting Arran and the Cairngorms for its mobile masts pilot; for what reason the south of Scotland was not included in the pilot, particularly Eskdale and Upper Nithsdale, and how long the pilot will last.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 8 July 2016
The areas for the non-domestic rates relief pilot scheme were chosen to align with existing mobile pilot projects in development by the Scottish Futures Trust on behalf of the Scottish Government, which fit the organisational and commercial models the Scottish Government wishes to test. We have considered a number of areas across Scotland for mobile pilots; crucially, all of which have been driven locally by communities and other stakeholders.
This relief is available from 1 April 2016 for a period of five years.