Business rates appeals rise

The number of appeals against the last non-domestic rates revaluation had increased on the previous round, new figures have shown.

According to numbers released by the Scottish Government, 67,026 appeals were lodged against the 2010 revaluation, compared to 54,808 against the 2005 rates. As of March this year, 99% of the 67,026 appeals lodged against the 2010 revaluation had been resolved. The government was unable to provide a breakdown for on-trade businesses.

It comes as business owners have less than four months in which to appeal the 2017 revaluation. As reported in SLTN earlier this year, trade groups encouraged operators intending to appeal their new rateable value to proceed, despite the 12-month 12.5% cap on rates rises.