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Scottish Government Announcement: £2.2 billion for business

Chamber News, Member News 18th March 2020

Today, the Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop addressed the Scottish Parliament on the economic impact of COVID-19 in Scotland. She outlined the actions being taken by the Scottish Government to support businesses including a package of measures worth £2.2 billion from 1 April.

  • a full year’s 100% non-domestic rates relief for retail, hospitality and tourism
  • £10,000 grants for small businesses in receipt of the Small Business Bonus Scheme or Rural Relief
  • £25,000 grants for hospitality, leisure and retail properties with a rateable value between £18,000 and £51,000
  • 1.6% relief for all properties, effectively freezing the poundage rate next year
  • First Minister to convene an emergency meeting of the Financial Services Advisory Board
  • urging local authorities to relax planning rules to allow pubs and restaurants to operate temporarily as takeaways
  • extending the go live date for the deposit return scheme to July 2022
  • halting the introduction of the Visitor Levy Bill

‘The non-domestic rates reliefs and grant funding measures announced by the Chancellor in March 2020 apply in England.  They are not applicable in Scotland.

  1. When do these measures begin?
  • The reliefs will be in place for one year from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 for eligible properties.
  • Grant funding will also be available from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 for eligible properties.

Rates reliefs

  1. Will I qualify for these reliefs?
  • All non-domestic properties will qualify for a 1.6% rates relief.
  • The retail, hospitality and leisure (RHL) 100% rates relief is available to occupied properties operating in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. For a full list of qualifying properties, please see the Annex below.
  1. How do I apply for these reliefs?
  • These reliefs will be administered by local councils.
  • The 1.6% relief will apply automatically to all non-domestic properties.
  • RHL relief will require an application to the council.
  • Please contact your local council regarding your eligibility and how to apply for these measures.
  1. Which properties are considered “retail, hospitality or leisure”?
  • For a non-exhaustive list of qualifying properties, please see the Annex below.
  1. I am already in receipt of another rates relief, can I still apply for these reliefs?
  • If your property is already in receipt of a rates relief, you may still be eligible for these new reliefs.
  • The 1.6% relief will apply on top of any other relief that the property is already in receipt of.

 

Grant Funding

  1. Who is eligible for grant funding?
  • If you are a ratepayer for a small business in receipt of Small Business Bonus Scheme relief (SBBS) or in receipt of Rural Relief, or eligible for SBBS and in receipt of Nursery Relief or Disabled relief, you will be eligible for a one-off £10,000 grant.
  • If you are a ratepayer for a property in the retail, hospitality or leisure sectors with a rateable value between £18,000 and up to and including £51,000, you will be eligible for a one-off grant of £25,000.
  1. How can I apply for this funding?
  • This grant funding will be administered by local councils and will require an application.
  • Application procedures will be set out by your local council as soon as possible.
  • We are working with local councils to ensure the scheme is operational as quickly as possible from 1 April 2020.
  • Please check your council website regularly for details.

 

  1. When can I expect to receive payment?
  • We are working with local councils to ensure the scheme is operational as quickly as possible from 1 April 2020.

 

  1. I have multiple properties, can I apply for a grant for each property?
  • No, each individual ratepayer is only entitled to one grant payment irrespective of how many properties they occupy or businesses they run.

 

Other Measures

  1. Can I defer my payments for non-domestic rates?
  • Please contact your local council who will be able to discuss payment options with you.

 

https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice/

 

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