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NFUS Urges Members to Respond to Sporting Rates Bills

NFUS is reminding its members who are in receipt of sporting rates bills to ensure that they respond to avoid demands for payment escalating.

The Union, which remains opposed to sporting rates, has been working with Scottish Assessors and is part of the Sporting Rates Advisors Forum which considers technical issues that have arisen since demands were issued.

However, it has become apparent some farmers and crofters have not responded to their bills, often because they are not responsible for the sporting rates on their land.

Policy Manager Gemma Cooper said: “There are a number of scenarios where recipients of sporting rates bills may not be the responsible party. For example, where sporting rights are retained by a landlord, or where they are let to a third party.

“We have become aware that there are some farmers and crofters who are in this situation.  We urge them to respond to demands for sporting rates by immediately informing their Local Authority that they are not the responsible party.  

“The result of ignoring sporting rates bills is potentially an escalation of letters, and potential debt collection action by the Local Authority.’

“We urge all of our members to ensure that the relevant paperwork is dealt with timeously, and members inform Local Authority and Scottish Assessors of any incorrect information relating to their rates demand.

“That includes if there is duplication in billing, errors or they are not the responsible party.

“For those members who wish to appeal, they are reminded that this must be carried out within six months of receipt, and that submitting an appeal does not negate the requirement for payment in the first instance.

“NFUS and other stakeholders have recently written to Ministers to highlight issues which have come to light, and to ask for a review.”  

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Contact Bob Carruth on 0131 472 4006


Author: Bob Carruth

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News Article No.: 34/18


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