Outlook and appraisal [May 1985]

James Love, Dipak Basu, John Blackhall, Margaret Chalmers, Paul Draper, John Heeley, Iain Jenkins, Cliff Lockyer, Jim H Love, Jim McGilvray, Peter McGregor, Iain McNicolI, Mike McVey, Noreen O'Donnell, David Simpson, Elizabeth Tait, Jim Walker, James Love (Editor)

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The dominant recent issue in Scotland has been the controversy over the rating system. Protest over Scottish revaluation has led to a reconsideration of the rating system at UK level and a number of different options for reform, including a poll tax, different forms of property tax and a local income tax, are under consideration. There is, however, no obvious single option that will simultaneously satisfy industrial, commercial and domestic ratepayers and politicians. While it is well nigh impossible to disentangle economic and political considerations in this context, there is concern that rates increases will force business closures and redundancies, and in early May the Scottish Secretary made available £40m to reduce rates burdens on businesses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalQuarterly Economic Commentary
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 1985


  • Fraser of Allander
  • Scottish economic outlook
  • Scottish economic activity


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