‘Business-like’ talks between Scottish and UK ministers over gender equality reform

S Senior Scottish and British government officials have held “professional” discussions about gender recognition reforms as the row over Westminster’s decision to block the legislation raged. Scottish Secretary Alister Jack discussed the matter with Scottish Social Justice Secretary Shona Robison. The talks came a week after the Tories confirmed the UK government would use never-before-used … Read more

‘Business-like’ talks between Scottish and UK ministers over gender equality reform

S Senior Scottish and British government officials have held “professional” discussions about gender recognition reforms as the row over Westminster’s decision to block the legislation raged. Scottish Secretary Alister Jack discussed the matter with Scottish Social Justice Secretary Shona Robison. The talks came a week after the Tories confirmed the UK government would use never-before-used … Read more

Business leaders are concerned about regulations and the deposit system

S Cotland’s retail sector can thrive in the coming year, an industry figurehead insisted, as he worried about the impact of tax hikes north of the border and the new deposit system for cans and bottles. David Lonsdale, director of the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC), said Scottish budget decisions to freeze income tax thresholds and … Read more

‘Sigh of relief’ as Swinney freezes business rates, industry body says

J here will be a ‘sigh of relief’ on the high street as the Deputy Prime Minister announced a freeze on business rates, an industry body has said. Presenting the budget for next year, John Swinney said he had listened to lobbying from trade organizations for a freeze on non-domestic tariffs to support the industry. … Read more

Freeze business rates to ease the burden amid the cost crisis, Swinney urged

D Deputy Prime Minister John Swinney has been urged to freeze business rates in a letter from 19 industry bodies. Mr Swinney is in charge of the country’s finances while Finance Secretary Kate Forbes is on maternity leave and will announce the Scottish Government’s draft budget on December 15. His budget will come at a … Read more