Budget Update

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 9th December 2020.

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Photo of Kate Forbes Kate Forbes Scottish National Party

Publicly, I have been clear that, with regard to next year’s budget, I am keen to extend some form of rates relief, subject to there being an equivalent policy in England that generates consequential funding, because it is not affordable to do so within the Scottish Government’s fixed budget. Our desire is urgently to set out a plan to support businesses, through non-domestic rates, but that requires early notice from the UK Government of its intentions.