Barclay Review of Business Rates
As part of our continued commitment to support clubs, our dialogue with the Scottish Government and in particular the Finance Minister, Derek Mackay, has continued over the last number of months on the topic of Business Rates.
Whilst there remains a lot of work to be done before any final proposals are presented to parliament for voting upon, the most recent meeting has provided additional comfort as to the intention behind the Barclay review and it’s potential impact to golf clubs.
Please take the time to read the letter below from the Finance Minister, which we hope provides you with an update on the current situation and confirms that we are continuing to lobby on behalf of the sport to ensure that any final recommendations for change are not impactful for the majority of golf clubs.
In our meeting, it was confirmed that Local Authorities would continue to have the option to apply discretionary relief, regardless of the final proposal with regards to business rates that might be presented.
To enable further evidence to be collated and provided to government, it is likely that we will need the support of our member clubs in providing some basic financial information, membership detail and application process and more information in this regard will follow in due course.
The provision of such detail will be anonymised prior to submission and will be used to provide wider evidence of the contribution that golf makes to the local community. Please be assured that Scottish Golf will continue to support our member clubs in ongoing discussion with Scottish Government on this matter, both through continued direct opportunity and through the support of the Scottish Sports Association who have a wider sports lobbying brief on this matter.
In the meantime, if you have any questions or wish to discuss any specific concerns on this matter please contact Karin Sharp firstname.lastname@example.org