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Call for evidence on empty properties bill

29 March 2012

Holyrood's Local Government and Regeneration Committee has issued a call for evidence on the Local Government Finance (Unoccupied Premises etc) (Scotland) Bill.

The bill seeks to give local authorities the power to increase council tax charges on certain long-term empty homes, and to give Scottish ministers the power to alter the level of empty property relief for certain empty commercial properties under the non-domestic rates regime. (Click here for report.)

The committee would like to hear from individuals and organisations who would be affected by the bill.

Committee convener Joe Fitzpatrick MSP said: “Bringing long-term empty homes and businesses back into use is an important issue.

“The committee would like to hear from those potentially affected by the bill to inform the committee’s consideration of it and the approach it takes.”

Submissions should be received by Wednesday 9 May 2012.

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