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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-15896: Kenneth Gibson (Cunninghame North)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 13 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how much business rates relief has cumulatively saved businesses since 2007, broken down by local authority area.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 1 May 2018

Non-domestic (business) rate relief has saved ratepayers around £4.5 billion cumulatively between 2009-10 and 2015-16.

The following table sets out the cumulative amount of business rates relief awarded between 2009-10 and 2016-17 at a local authority level based on audited figures collected by local authorities.

Data on business rate relief prior to 2009-10 is not available at a local authority level, and data relating to 2017-18 will be published in February 2019 as part of the Scottish Local Government Financial Statistics 2017-18 publication.

Cumulative Non-Domestic Rates Relief Paid (2009-10 to 2016-17) by Local Authority

Local Authority

Cumulative Relief (£m)

Local Authority

Cumulative Relief (£ m)

Aberdeen City

£198

Highland

£225

Aberdeenshire

£141

Inverclyde

£55

Angus

£72

Midlothian

£61

Argyll & Bute

£72

Moray

£51

Clackmannanshire

£26

North Ayrshire

£94

Dumfries & Galloway

£90

North Lanarkshire

£220

Dundee City

£165

Orkney Islands

£23

East Ayrshire

£68

Perth & Kinross

£129

East Dunbartonshire

£54

Renfrewshire

£153

East Lothian

£66

Scottish Borders

£88

East Renfrewshire

£36

Shetland Islands

£34

Edinburgh, City of

£638

South Ayrshire

£85

Eilean Siar

£25

South Lanarkshire

£210

Falkirk

£92

Stirling

£85

Fife

£271

West Dunbartonshire

£50

Glasgow City

£801

West Lothian

£135

  

Total

£4,510

Note - Estimates include mandatory and discretionary elements of relief where applicable (funded by Scottish Government), but excludes backdated payments of relief and discretionary relief paid directly from local authorities.