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|FSB on Scottish Government budget|
|Thursday, 17 December 2015|
Today Deputy First Minister John Swinney delivered the last budget of this term.
Andy Willox, Scottish policy convenor, said: “Today’s budget shows that the Scottish Government has carefully taken the pulse of the business community at large.
On income tax: “Member feedback suggests a majority of business owners will be pleased with the Scottish Government’s decision not to change income tax rates on this occasion.
On rates: “FSB has pushed hard for the reform of the out of date Scottish business rates system. Mr Swinney must be applauded for grasping this thistle and promising to deliver a tax more appropriate for the 21st century. Changes to supplements and reliefs might alarm some medium sized firms – though a huge number of small firms will warmly welcome the Scottish Government’s ongoing commitment to the small business bonus scheme.”
On flood funding: “Communities and businesses need help to get back on their feet. This welcome support must see local firms getting their fair share.
On continued funding for digital infrastructure: “Scotland needs to step out of the digital slow lane, and press to overtake other UK nations. This new tranche of funding will help to close the gap, but we must see a decision-makers produce a detailed public plan to drive better broadband and mobile coverage.
On next year’s elections: “As we look toward next year’s Scottish Parliament elections, we need to see all of our political parties recognise that enterprise is a key component in the communities they’re looking to build. We need a fresh focus on local economies as well as the national picture.”
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