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Meeting of the Parliament 18 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Mark McDonald (Aberdeen Donside) (SNP)

9. To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with Aberdeen City Council regarding transport developments. (S4O-03375)



Meeting of the Parliament 18 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Mark McDonald I welcome the announcement of the preferred bidder for the Aberdeen western peripheral route. Aberdeen City Council is a partner in delivering that project. Can the minister advise whether the council is fully participating in discussions around the project and projects that will follow on from it, ...

Meeting of the Parliament 18 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Mark McDonald (Aberdeen Donside) (SNP) I guess that the most that we can say about Willie Rennie’s speech is that at least he did not get the Lego out.

Having listened to the quotations from other members, I want to read out a few quotations myself:

“Supporters of independence will always be able to cite examples of...

Meeting of the Parliament 18 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Mark McDonald I am afraid that I am in my last 40 seconds.



Meeting of the Parliament 18 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Mark McDonald Nations such as Ireland and Belgium have made important contributions to United Nations peacekeeping missions. They are not major players in terms of the defence agenda or the wider international security agenda, but they play a strong peacekeeping role. If we look at how Norway played an important ...

Meeting of the Parliament 18 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Mark McDonald The comparison is valid only if the member is asserting that oil revenues are all that would be available to pay for schools, but that is clearly not the case in a budget.



Meeting of the Parliament 18 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Mark McDonald The fundamental problem is that Willie Rennie—and, often, his colleagues on the no side—mistakes independence for isolationism. Independence is about choosing how we enter into relationships with other countries; it is about how we co-operate with other countries on terms that suit us and them.

Meeting of the Parliament 18 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Mark McDonald Drew Smith accuses others of empty slogans but has just trotted out “best of both worlds” and “pooling and sharing resources”. Exactly which worlds do the people in Scotland who live in poverty and are at the sharp end of welfare reform have the best of both of?



Meeting of the Parliament 17 June 2014 : Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Mark McDonald (Aberdeen Donside) (SNP) My constituent Nicola Merchant is in the public gallery. She lost her little boy, Liam, in 2002. He was born 16 weeks early and survived for just six hours.

The minister referred to the fresh allegations about the reported practice at Hazlehead crematorium of cremating babies alongside ad...

Local Government and Regeneration Committee 11 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Mark McDonald (Aberdeen Donside) (SNP) We have spoken a little bit about turnout and participation. During the inquiry, one of the concerns that has been raised with the committee is that often when local authorities or Governments consult, they go to a very restricted group of individuals who tend to be the ones most involved in the con...
Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

Amendment 38 moved by Alex Johnstone on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—T
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Amendment 1 moved by John Lamont on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—That
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Amendment 2 moved by John Lamont on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—That
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Amendment 41 moved by Alex Johnstone on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—T
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Amendment 42 moved by Mary Fee on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—That th
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Amendment 5 moved by Patrick Harvie on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—Th
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Amendment 45 moved by Drew Smith on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—That
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Amendment 6 moved by Margaret Burgess on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—
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Amendment 7 moved by Claudia Beamish on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—T
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Amendment 46 moved by Malcolm Chisholm on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill
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Motion S4M-10605: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10534: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 02/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10517: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10512: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10495: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10360: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10316: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10282: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10227: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10223: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4W-21891: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/06/2014 Show Full Question >>

Scottish Government actions, following the business rates consultation with progress summary

Scottish Government business rates consultation outcomes

Progress summary

  1. We will write, in 2013, to every business in Scotland based in a property that me be entitled to the Small Business Bonus scheme to highlight that they may benefit.

In November 2013 Minister for Energy Enterprise and Tourism Fergus Ewing wrote to every business in Scotland that may be entitled, but was not claiming.

  1. We will work with stakeholders to ensure there is a more consistent approach across Scotland.

On-going, a working group has been set up with Scottish Government officials, council officials and COSLA to produce non-statutory guidance to rates reliefs.

  1. We will review rates relief application processes to ensure they are simple, transparent and streamlined.

On-going.

  1. We will undertake a review of the recent changes to empty property relief in 2015.

To be carried out in 2015.

  1. All rates reliefs will be kept under regular review to ensure that benefit is directed where it is most needed.

On-going. Actions already taken include the expansion of Fresh Start relief to include higher rateable value properties and previously empty hotels, restaurants and pubs and the expansion of the Small Business Bonus Scheme to include an estimated additional 4,000 properties, both came into force in April 2014. In addition, payday lenders will no longer be entitled to rates relief in Scotland from April 2014.

  1. All current exemptions provided, including to some key sectors such as agriculture, will be retained.

All current exemptions have been

retained.

  1. The Scottish Government will create a power to allow local councils to respond better to local need and create their own localised relief schemes.

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill was laid before Parliament on 11 June 2014. This includes a power to allow councils to create their own localized business rates relief schemes. There is no equivalent power to levy supplements.

  1. We will continue the Small Business Bonus Scheme until 2016 and consider which relief thresholds can be established on a longer term basis ahead of the 2017 review.

Legislation was laid and came into force on 1 April 2014 to allow for the SBBS to run for 2 years (for lifetime of current Scottish Parliament).

  1. The way all current reliefs are funded will be maintained.

Funding of all current reliefs has been

maintained

  1. The way that relief to different sectors is recorded will be maintained.

Recording of relief to different sectors

has been maintained.

  1. The Scottish Government will consult on transitional relief ahead of the next revaluation in 2017.

Consultation planned to take place

closer to 2017 revaluation date.

  1. New rateable values will be made available to ratepayers as far in advance of the 2017 revaluation as possible.

Work on-going, officials working jointly with the Scottish Assessors.

  1. A separate review of the appeals system will begin in 2014, concluding in time for the next revaluation in 2017.

Currently engaging with stakeholders to help inform the review.

  1. We will work jointly with others to ensure businesses have access to clear, concise information about valuations, rateable values, rates bills and reliefs.

New business portal website and rates bill calculator launched in 2013.

Where there are further opportunities identified to provide clear, concise information on business rates, these will be considered.

  1. We will take all possible measures to prevent tax avoidance and ensure rates are paid.

On-going.

  1. Where possible, loopholes and avoidance tactics will be closed.

On-going.

  1. Powers for debt recovery will be strengthened and streamlined.

On-going.

  1. The current property based tax system will be retained.

No change to current property based

tax.

  1. The Scottish Government confirms that the next rates revaluation will take effect on 1 April 2017.

The next rates revaluation will take

effect on 1 April 2017.

  1. The national poundage will continue to be set at the same level as in England. There will be no new local poundage supplements.

Confirmed in setting the 2014-15 poundage. A 2% poundage cap (with poundage set at 47.1p) confirmed for 2014-15.


Current Status: Answered by Derek Mackay on 25/06/2014
Question S4O-03375: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03300: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 23/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-21018: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-21016: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-21017: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-21019: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-20871: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-20872: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-20869: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/04/2014 Show Full Question >>

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