Scotland's Economy

  • Rates reform progress

    22nd February 2019 by

    Implementation of Barclay Review moves to next stage. Businesses have given their views to help shape a bill to implement changes to the rates system. The Non Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill which supports growth, increases fairness and streamlines administration will be introduced to Parliament before Easter. An independent analysis report of consultation responses, along with…

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  • Business rates consultation

    27th November 2012 by

    Scottish businesses already operate in the most competitive business environment in the UK thanks to the improvements we have made to the current rates system and to ensure Scotland maintains this competitive advantage, we have today launched a consultation on business rates.

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  • Strengthening planning performance

    2nd March 2012 by

    I’ve been in listening mode since becoming Planning Minister last December, getting a fuller understanding of the links between the planning system and our broader Economic Strategy. Of course planning must support our overarching purpose of increasing sustainable economic growth.

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