SW businesses' two-year wait for rates decisions

New Scottish Government figures published today show that as of December 31, 2018, of the 1,928 who appealed their revaluation across the  region, 1,121 are still waiting for a decision from the assessor. 

That means that only 42% of businesses which have appealed have been informed of the assessors' decision, leaving a total of £61 million in outstanding rateable value. 

Dumfriesshire constituency MSP Oliver Mundell stated that the figures once again demonstrated that the business rate appeals process was broken and in need of serious reform. 

Mr Mundell said: '’It is simply unacceptable that over 1100 businesses in Dumfries and Galloway Council are still stuck in no man’s land waiting for a decision, almost two years after receiving a new valuation. 

‘’I know from talking to constituents that rate valuations can make the difference between staying in business or going bust. It is as simple as that.

‘’To leave the livelihoods of hundreds of families uncertain for almost two years demonstrates a total failure of the system, and a total failure of the authorities to support business.

‘’Time and time again I have raised concerns about the appeals process at Holyrood, only to be told that progress is being made." 

Mr Mundell added: "These statistics show very little progress in Dumfries and Galloway and I will press the authorities to speed up the system and give businesses in the region I represent the certainty they need to continue to trade."