The UK Cinema Association has this week added its voice to those of a wide range of retail and business interests in Scotland, calling on the Government there to scrap plans which could penalise ‘out of town’ retailers.

The Association has joined many other leading trade bodies and business associations in co-signing a letter to Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Business & Fair Work Derek Mackay MSP, asking him to ensure that proposed measure – which would see local authorities empowered to levy additional business rates on such businesses – does not proceed.

Each of the organisations represented by the letter, which was co-ordinated by the Scottish Retail Consortium, believe that the proposal would add complexity, cost and unpredictability to the rates system in Scotland, as well as undermining commercial investment.

Commenting on the proposal, UKCA Chief Executive Phil Clapp said:

‘From what little is currently in the public domain – and there is a lot to be confirmed – it seems clear that this proposal risks adding significantly to the costs of our members operating in out of town locations, at a time when Government should be doing all it can to support retail businesses.’

The full text of the letter can be found here.