Scottish nursery rate relief extended until 2023
Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP has announced that qualifying day nurseries in Scotland will continue to benefit from 100% non-domestic rates relief until at least June 2023.
NDNA Scotland have been asking for the relief, which was due to end in March 2021, to be extended.
The extension will allow for a full evaluation of the impact of the relief on providers, parents and carers – this was a recommendation of the Barclay Review of non-domestic rates.
NDNA Scotland and its members lobbied for the Nursery Rates Relief Scheme, which provides 100% relief on non-domestic rates for premises used only or mainly as a day nursery. The scheme was introduced in April 2018 and in 2020/21 it was worth on average more than £12,000 to each eligible nursery.
Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of NDNA Scotland, said: “The news that Nursery Business Rates Relief will continue until 2023 is a very welcome announcement for providers. It’s really good news that the Scottish Government have recognised the pressure that the sector has been under as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
“We have heard from our members how this relief can mean the difference between staying open and closing during these difficult times. It has also given nurseries the opportunity to invest in outdoor spaces as well as their staff and extra measures to keep children safe.
“NDNA Scotland will continue to work with providers and the Scottish Government to show the positive impact this policy has on ELC providers and the children and families they support. This will be vital support for the sector as they continue to face a challenging period.”
An evaluation of the initial scheme will be completed by June 2022.
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