The Ballater Business Association invited the First Minister to meet it on Deeside, as its members face some of the biggest rates rises in Scotland under the SNP Government. It waited for a month for a reply from the First Minister, and his spokesman told The Press and Journal just six days ago that he had not ruled out a visit. However, yesterday, the First Minister changed his mind and...
I was at the meeting in Ballater last September to which the First Minister sent the Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism. It proved to be a complete and unmitigated disaster. Ballater businesses faced increases in business rates of between 80 and 140 per cent, yet the Government did nothing to protect them. Sixteen of those businesses used to pay £27,000, but they now pay...
That is just not true.
Former Liberal Democrat MSP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
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