Councillor Gail Macgregor, COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson said: “Whilst we are disappointed that the review did not seek to strengthen local democracy or enhance the relationship between local economic development and national business rates we do welcome the Barclay review. 

“We will now consider all of the recommendations in detail and look forward to discussing our joint thoughts on the review with Scottish Government.

“Obviously where there may be a financial implication for local authorities we need to ensure that this does not have an adverse effect on the services delivered to our communities.

“Councils are under significant financial pressure and seek to protect services. As part of protecting services Councils need to make savings. If this option is removed from Councils this will have a big impact on frontline delivery of much needed services such as leisure.

“To finish, can I absolutely refute any suggestions that Councils have deliberately avoided paying rates. We do not accept this. These are legitimate decisions and cannot be construed as avoidance.”

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Tue, 22/08/2017 - 12:23