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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-07515: Neil Bibby (West Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution on 21 February 2017 (Official Report, c. 18), how much each NHS board will pay in increased business rates; what compensation it will offer to mitigate this, and what discussions it has had or plans with each board to discuss whether the increase will lead to a reduction in services.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 8 March 2017

The following table shows the expected change in total gross rates bills for each NHS Board from 1 April 2017. Reliefs awarded, which may include disabled person relief, charity relief and small business bonus scheme will reduce these gross bills.

The NHS has worked closely with Scottish Assessors Association (SAA) to understand the impact of the Rating Revaluation 2017 and this has been factored into the financial plans of all NHS Boards. NHS funding will increase by almost
£2 billion by the end of this Parliament and the impact of these changes will be managed from within that increase. £6.4million equates to around 0.05% of the total 2017-18 health budget in Scotland.

NHS Board

Number of properties

Current gross bills total* (£000)

2017 gross bills total** (£000)

Change in gross bills (£000)

Ayrshire and Arran

172

5,489

5,873

384

Borders

39

1,594

1,610

16

Dumfries & Galloway

115

2,290

2,487

197

Fife

164

5,954

5,377

- 577

Forth Valley

118

4,953

6,108

1,155

Grampian

242

10,449

11,378

930

Greater Glasgow & Clyde

386

28,278

33,153

4,875

Highland

150

2,090

2,117

27

Lanarkshire

187

8,176

8,104

- 72

Lothian

316

9,507

8,993

- 514

Orkney

20

273

268

- 5

Shetland

23

411

449

38

Tayside

133

8,428

8,336

- 91

Western Isles

14

69

66

- 3

All Scotland

2,079

87,960

94,319

6,359

*as at 1st October 2016

 

 

 

 

**based on provisional values as at 4th Oct 2016