Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill

 

About the Bill

<p> A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision about non-domestic rates. </p> <div> <p><strong>Current Status of the Bill </strong></p> <p>This Scottish Government Bill was introduced by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, Derek Mackay MSP, on 25 March 2019.</p> </div> <p><a href="https://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/Bills/111337.aspx">Read the Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill and its accompanying documents</a>.</p>

Stage 1

<p>The Parliamentary Bureau has designated the Local Government and Communities Committee as the lead Committee for the Bill. </p> <div> <p><strong>Call for Written Evidence</strong></p> </div> <p>The Committee launched a call for written evidence on Tuesday 9 April 2019 as part of its Stage 1 scrutiny of the Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill. The Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill was introduced into Parliament by the Scottish Government on 25 March 2019. The Scottish Government has explained that the Bill's main policy objectives are to deliver a non-domestic rates system designed to better support business growth and long-term investment and reflect changing marketplaces, improve ratepayers’ experience of the ratings system and administration of the system and increase fairness and ensure a level playing field amongst ratepayers by reforming rate reliefs and tackling known avoidance measures.</p> <p>Organisations and individuals are invited to submit written evidence to the Committee setting out their views on the Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill. These views will then inform the Committee’s scrutiny of the Bill. The call for written evidence closes on <strong>Thursday 30 May 2019</strong>.</p> <p><a href="/parliamentarybusiness/111638.aspx">Read the call for evidence</a>.</p> <p><strong>Written Submissions</strong></p> <p>The following written submissions were received:</p> <p><a href="/parliamentarybusiness/111709.aspx">Read the written submissions received</a>.</p> <p><strong>Oral Evidence</strong></p> <p><strong>Wednesday 22 May 2019</strong></p> <p>The Committee took evidence from:</p> <ul> <li>Eileen Rowand, Director of Finance, Fife Council, and Jonathan Sharma, Policy Manager, COSLA; </li> <li>Kevin Fraser, Treasurer, Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation Scotland; </li> <li>Morag Johnston, Director of Financial and Business Services, Glasgow City Council, SOLACE Scotland. </li> </ul> <p><a href="https://www.parliament.scot/S5_Local_Gov/Meeting%20Papers/20190522_MeetingPapers.pdf">Papers for meeting on 22 May 2019</a><br /> <a href="http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=12121&mode=pdf">Official Report of meeting on 22 May 2019</a></p> <p><strong>Wednesday 29 May 2019</strong></p> <p>The Committee took evidence from:</p> <ul> <li>Ian Milton, President, Alastair Kirkwood, Vice-President, Jim Doig, Chair, Public Buildings Committee, and Heather Honeyman, Project Manager for Non-Domestic Rates Reform Implementation, Scottish Assessors' Association. </li> </ul> <p><a href="https://www.parliament.scot/S5_Local_Gov/Meeting%20Papers/20190529_MeetingPapers.pdf">Papers for meeting on 29 May 2019</a><br /> <a href="http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=12138&mode=pdf">Official Report of meeting on 29 May 2019</a></p> <p><strong>Wednesday 19 June 2019</strong></p> <p>The Committee took evidence from:</p> <ul> <li>John Edward, Director, Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS); </li> <li>Liam Harvey, Headmaster, St Mary's School, Melrose; </li> <li>Colin Gambles, Rector, Hutchesons' Grammar School; </li> <li>Martin Tyson, Head of Casework, Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) </li> </ul> <p>and then from:</p> <ul> <li>Cheryl Hynd, Customer Manager - Transactions, and Fiona Law, NDR Team Leader, City of Edinburgh Council; </li> <li>Brian Murison, Revenues Manager, The Highland Council; </li> <li>Jack Orr, Senior Property Executive, West Lothian Council. </li> </ul> <p><a href="https://www.parliament.scot/S5_Local_Gov/Meeting%20Papers/20190619_MeetingPapers.pdf">Papers for meeting on 19 June 2019</a><br /> <a href="http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=12200&mode=pdf">Official Report of meeting on 19 June 2019</a></p> <p> SCIS wrote to the Committee with further associated written evidence on 8 July 2019</p> <ul> <li><a href="/General Documents/20190708SCIStoLGCNDRBill.pdf">Written evidence from SCIS dated 8 July 2019 (682KB pdf)</a> </li> </ul> <p>OSCR wrote to the Committee with further associated written evidence on 9 July 2019</p> <ul> <li><a href="/General Documents/20190709OSCRtoLGCNDRPDF.pdf">Written evidence from OSCR dated 9 July 2019 (120KB pdf)</a> </li> </ul> <p>West Lothian Council wrote to the Committee with further associated written evidence on 10 July 2019</p> <ul> <li><a href="/General Documents/20190710WestLothiantoLGCNDRBill.pdf">Written evidence from West Lothian Council dated 10 July 2019 (51KB pdf)</a> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Wednesday 26 June 2019</strong></p> <p>The Committee took evidence from:</p> <ul> <li>Rachel Blair, Public Affairs and Communications Officer (Scotland), Charity Retail Association; </li> <li>Stuart Mackinnon, External Affairs Manager - Scotland, Federation of Small Businesses; </li> <li>David Lonsdale, Director, Scottish Retail Consortium; </li> <li>Marc Crothall, Chief Executive, Scottish Tourism Alliance; </li> </ul> <p>and then from:</p> <ul> <li>Ken Barclay, Former Chair, Barclay Review of Business Rates. </li> </ul> <p><a href="https://www.parliament.scot/S5_Local_Gov/Meeting%20Papers/20190626_MeetingPapers.pdf">Papers for meeting on 26 June 2019</a><br /> <a href="http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=12215&mode=pdf">Official Report of meeting on 26 June 2019</a></p> <p>Ken Barclay wrote to the Committee with further associated written evidence on 7 July 2019</p> <ul> <li><a href="/General Documents/20190707KennethBarclaytoLGCNDRBill.pdf">Written evidence from Ken Barclay dated 7 July 2019 (28KB pdf)</a> </li> </ul>

Correspondence

<p>Correspondence from the Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy on the number of outstanding revaluation appeals from the 2017 Non-Domestic Rates Revaluation.</p> <ul> <li><a href="/Inquiries/20190417MinPFDEtoLGCCom.pdf">Correspondence from the Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy of 17 April 2019 (209KB pdf)</a></li> </ul> <p>The Convener wrote to the Scottish Qualifications Authority on 6 June 2019 in relation to the proportion of its Nominees are employed by independent schools:</p> <ul> <li><a href="/General Documents/20190606_NDR_ConvenerToSQA.pdf">Correspondence from the Convener to the Scottish Qualifications Authority of 6 June 2019 (61KB pdf)</a></li> </ul> <p>The Scottish Qualifications Authority replied to the Convener's letter on 14 June 2019:</p> <ul> <li><a href="/General Documents/20190614_NDR_SQAToClerk.pdf">Correspondence from the Scottish Qualifications Authority to the Clerk of 14 June 2019 (47KB pdf)</a> </li> </ul> <p>The Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy wrote to the Convener on 14 June 2019 in relation to empty property rates relief:</p> <ul> <li><a href="/General Documents/20190614_NDR_MinPFDEToConvener.pdf">Correspondence from the Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy to the Convener of 14 June 2019 (84KB pdf)</a> </li> </ul>
 
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