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30/10/13 09:30

Non-Domestic Rates Relief Statistics for Small Businesses in Scotland 2013

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

Scotland’s Chief Statistician today published Non-domestic Rates Relief Statistics for Small Businesses in Scotland 2013.

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 92,381 recipients of Small Business Bonus Scheme relief in 2013-14, an increase from 89,087 in 2012-13.

The SBBS provided £154m in relief in 2013-14, an increase from £144m in 2012-13.

The number of properties receiving SBBS relief over the past 5 years has increased by 44% from 64,179 in 2008-09 to 92,381 in 2013-14. Likely reasons for this increase include expansion of the scheme (detailed in the background notes of the publication) and greater awareness of the scheme.

Around 88% of properties receiving relief were in the lowest rateable value (RV) band in the SBBS (RV less than £10,000).

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