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Non-Domestic Rates Relief Statistics for Small Businesses in Scotland 2015

Published: 30 Oct 2015 09:30
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Economy, Statistics

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

Scotland's Chief Statistician today published Non-domestic Rates Relief Statistics for Small Businesses in Scotland 2015.

The publication provides statistics on the Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS), which provides non-domestic business rates relief (business rates discounts) to small businesses in Scotland. Data provided in the publication are mid-year estimates provided by local authorities and 'recipients' refers to properties in receipt of relief.

Key points:

There are 99,559 recipients of Small Business Bonus Scheme relief in 2015-16, an increase from 96,265 in 2014-15.

The SBBS provided £174m in relief in 2015-16, an increase of £9m from £165m in 2014-15.

The number of properties receiving SBBS relief over the past 7 years has increased by 55% from 64,179 in 2008-09 to 99,559 in 2015-16. Likely reasons for this increase include expansions of the scheme (detailed in the background notes) and greater awareness of the scheme.

Notes to editors

1. The full statistical publication can be accessed at:

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Local-Government-Finance/NDR-Rates-Relief

2. Further information on Local Government Finance Statistics within Scotland can be accessed at:

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/topics/statistics/browse/Local-Government-Finance

3. Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of Official Statistics in Scotland can be accessed at:

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/About