A Scottish Government minister has said that he hopes a multi-million-pound growth deal with Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles can been struck as “quickly as possible”.
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay
Derek Mackay has accused the UK Government of sitting on billions of pounds of spare cash that could have boosted the economy, public services and WASPI women.
Shops and restaurants at retail parks in Scotland could be hit with higher business rates as part of efforts to revive struggling high streets.
A north MSP has warned that it would be “unthinkable” for any agreement to be reached that threatens the future of of tax-free flights from the Highlands and islands.
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay insisted last night that the Scottish Government had “led the way” on radical redesigns of services to meet the challenges faced by councils.
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay is facing calls to bring forward the next business rates revaluation to ensure firms are not hit again by “bombshell” rises.
A budget deal has handed councils across the north and north-east a £40million boost – but leaders warned that threat of severe service cuts remained.
An influential group of MSPs has called on the Scottish Government to quickly "resolve" a dispute over funding for internal ferry services in the northern isles.
More than 200,000 people in the north and north-east will pay more income tax under SNP proposals – but the highest rise for average earners is £55.
Scots are facing a double-whammy raid on their wallets after the draft budget proposed income tax rises for higher earners and paved the way for more council tax hikes.
Businesses in the north-east will continue to benefit from rates relief measures as well as a new package of support.
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has said that today’s budget will protect the NHS and other public services against the “worst effects” of Westminster cuts.
The Scottish Government will be challenged this week to safeguard the future of lifeline ferry services in the northern isles.
The Scottish Government last night performed a U-turn on plans for a rates raid that could have led to the closure of sports centres, museums and libraries in northern Scotland.
Sports centres, libraries and museums in the north and north-east are facing the threat of closure because of a “devastating” multimillion pound rates bombshell.
Average earners in the north and north-east could pay £8million more than those in the rest of the UK if the SNP raises income tax, it has been claimed.
Scottish Finance Secretary Derek Mackay was under pressure last night to follow the UK Government’s decision to scrap stamp duty for first time property buyers.
UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has weighed in on the row over the future of tax-free flights from the Highlands and Islands – accusing Scottish ministers of “failing to deliver” on their promises.
The Highlands and islands could face a “catastrophic” blow as the future of tax-free flights from the region hangs in the balance.
A major review has called for private schools, universities and council leisure facilities to be liable for Scottish business rates.
Scottish ministers could deliver a massive economic boost to the Highlands and islands by slashing the cost of flights to the region.
North and north-east councils have accused the Scottish Government of using "smoke and mirrors" to hide swingeing cuts to local authorities.
The SNP have been accused of "spinning utter fantasy to the Scottish people" in the wake of new figures showing the government is almost £15billion in the red.
The largest private employer in the Highlands has declared it is "here to stay" as the firm unveiled an £8.7million investment in Inverness.