Statement from ACCA Scotland about spending plans ahead.
‘While today’s spending plans set out a pathway of recovery towards a fair and green economy, the current cost crisis facing business risks choking off early signs of growth.
‘The budget sets out welcome investment in skills and meeting our net zero commitments, both of which are central to economic recovery. However, our SME Recovery Tracker research, published this week, highlighted the challenges facing small firms – with as many as a fifth potentially struggling to meet payroll costs come April. Many of those firms would have been hoping to hear more detail about what the Scottish Government would do to help lighten the load.’
On business rates
‘We warmly welcome the commitment to extend the business growth accelerator scheme to support energy efficiency measures. However, a number of businesses in the hospitality and retail sector, which fall outwith the scope of the Small Business Bonus Scheme, will be disappointed that there has been no further movement on the proposal to end current reliefs after only 3 months, at a time when they are grappling with a range of cost increases, including the return of a 20% VAT rate in April.’
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Notes to Editors
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