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SCC WELCOMES COMMITTEE VOTE ON RETAIL LEVY

[ 26-01-2011 ]

Commenting on the decision by the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee to reject the Scottish Government’s plans for a retail levy for Scotland, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:

“The news that MSPs on the Local Government and Communities Committee have rejected the Government’s proposed retail levy is very good news for Scotland.  This tax would have made Scotland a more expensive and less attractive place to do business and would have damaged our economy and competitiveness. 

“The Committee has reached the right decision and it is now up to the Scottish Government to adjust its budget accordingly.  The absence of this tax need not result any reduction of frontline services and represents a tiny amount of the overall budget settlement. 

“This budget must be about setting Scotland firmly on a path towards growth and in doing that, we need to put business first.  It is our private sector that will create the jobs and wealth our economy needs, but it will require a supportive environment in order to achieve this.”

 

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