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LOCHHEAD TO MEET GRAMPIAN ASSESSOR FOR BUSINESS RATES TALKS

20/03/2017  

Moray’s MSP will meet with the Grampian Assessor on Monday to discuss the concerns of local businesses over the revaluation of their properties. 

When he meets with Ian Milton, Mr Lochhead will raise concerns around fears that Lossiemouth businesses are facing disproportionate hikes compared to those in other parts of Moray.  He will also push for a fast-tracking system to be put in place for appeals for those businesses facing the highest increases.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Richard Lochhead MSP said:

“In recent weeks I’ve met with many local businesses who are concerned about the scale of the rates increases they’re facing. 

“Thankfully, those in the hospitality sector who were being hit particularly hard – with some facing hikes of over 200% - have seen a 12.5% cap put in place by the Scottish Government, which I know is very welcome in Moray.

“However, there are some Moray businesses outwith the hospitality sector who are still facing hefty increases and I know from having met with the Lossiemouth Business Association that there’s evidence to suggest that Lossie businesses are being disproportionally hit. 

“I’ll be raising those concerns with the Assessor when I meet with him, as well as pushing for a priority system to be introduced for appeals for those businesses still facing large increases.  In the meantime, I would encourage any business concerned about their proposed valuation to contact the Assessors to discuss their case before the 15th March when final valuations will be published.

“Moray Council does of course have the option of introducing a local rates relief scheme for those still affected, as other local authorities have done including Aberdeenshire.  A local rate relief package would of course be much more affordable as it would only need to be for businesses not benefitting from the Scottish Government’s package.”  

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