A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision about non-domestic rates.
Current Status of the Bill
This Scottish Government Bill was introduced by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, Derek Mackay MSP, on 25 March 2019.
The Local Government and Communities Committee was designated the lead Committee for Stage 1 scrutiny.
As with all Bills, the Finance and Constitution Committee invites written evidence on the estimated financial implications of the Bill as set out in its accompanying Financial Memorandum (FM).
The Financial Memorandum (FM) published alongside the Bill sets out the estimated costs of introducing the legislation and the additional receipts that are expected to be generated as a result of the changes proposed. The FM sets out anticipated costs and receipts over a six year period. These are summarised in the table below.
Over a six year period, costs are expected to total £100 million. Around two-thirds of these costs are expected to fall to ratepayers through higher non-domestic rates bills and through the payment of newly-introduced penalties. These additional costs to ratepayers will represent additional revenues to the public sector and, if realised, will fully offset the estimated costs of the legislation. There may also be further costs to ratepayers as a result of secondary legislation that could follow the introduction of this legislation.
Following the evidence on the Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill FM, the Committee agreed to write to the lead Committee on the Bill, Local Government and Communities Committee, on any issues raised.
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Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill FM
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The deadline to submit your view is Friday 7 June 2019.
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