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Council Tax (Second Homes)

Part of Finance and Public Services and Communities – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:00 pm on 16th September 2004.

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Photo of Andy Kerr Andy Kerr Labour 2:00 pm, 16th September 2004

I am well aware of the member's work in the Highlands, particularly the work she does for Highland Council's homeless for Christmas campaign.

Our decision was made because we want there to be a flow of information on the number of second homes that are owned in rural areas. The 10 per cent discount is an incentive for the owner to register the second home so that we can analyse what is happening with second home ownership. I hope that, through the mechanisms in which the Executive is investing, registration of social landlords will increase and that the number of homes available for those in the local community will likewise increase.