Minister's pledge on independent schools rates

This morning's Local Government and Communities Committee took evidence from the Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy as we scrutinised the Non-Domestic Rates Bill.

One of my key concerns with this bill is the impact this will have on the charitable status of independent schools, and ultimately whether some schools will be able to continue to operate with the increases in rates as well as salary and pension increases.

I asked the Minister several questions, and I was glad that she has committed to helping independent schools transition. However, she was adamant that the changes will go ahead as planned. 

You can watch the whole session here: https://www.scottishparliament.tv/meeting/local-government-and-communities-committee-september-11-2019