Friday, 12 August 2016

The big boys want all the sweeties

The Scottish Retail Consortium wants the Scottish Government to scrap the rates surcharge on large businesses.

The Scottish Retail Consortium doesn't actually exist, it's just a name that the British Retail Consortium uses to pretend it's Scottish sometimes.  The British Retail Consortium is just the big retailers getting together to try to get their own way (I've pointed this out before) and their Scottish address is this mailbox shop in Edinburgh.  They're quite willing to take all the services funded through business rates - like streetlighting, police, roads for their delivery vehicles and customers - but they don't want to pay for them.

Unfortunately for this particular scare story about Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons suffering terribly at the hands of the Scottish Government, retail sales are going up - according to a KPMG survey done for ... erm ... the British Retail Consortium.  They're up in Scotland, too, just in case you were wondering.

Mind how ye go!

1 comment:

Brian McGowan said...

Companies like Tesco have also been willing to pay minimum wage for many years, thus requiring many employees to receive top up payments through the Welfare system. We - tax payers - have been subsidising Tesco.