Date lodged: 6 April 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-14612 by Derek Mackay on 6 March 2018, which stated that each council "retains every penny" of non-domestic rates revenue in its area, what its position is on the assertion that the system would be more efficient if local authorities could immediately retain all non-domestic rates income revenue instead of sending it to central government first.
Answered by: Derek Mackay 20 April 2018
Each local authority already retains all the money collected for non-domestic rates income in it's area and this is not sent to the Scottish Government. Rather, each local authority advises the Scottish Government through the use of returns how much they have collected for each year. This information is used to determine the amount of grant that is paid to each council to ensure each council receives it's total level of funding set out in the local government settlement.