Scottish Rating Surveyors Forum

6th December 2017

A new forum is being established for rating surveyors practising in Scotland to meet with representatives of the Scottish Assessors’ Association and other stakeholders such as the Scottish Government. The first meeting of this new forum will take place in the Scottish Government offices at Victoria Quay in Leith at 14:00hrs on 29 January 2018. Surveyors who wish to attend should forward their details to the Secretary of the SAA, Gary Bennett (, prior to 22 January. An agenda will be circulated in advance and minutes of the meeting will be published on this website.

Barclay Review Action Plan

29th September 2017

The Barclay Review Group published its recommendations to improve and reform the rating system in Scotland on 22 August 2017. The SAA has now published its Action Plan that relates directly to the Review Group’s recommendation 12. Apart from this Action Plan, Assessors recognise that the Review Group’s recommendations accepted by the Scottish Government extend beyond the issues covered by this plan. The SAA will work with stakeholders to bring about improvements to the rating system that these recommendations seek to achieve.

Barclay Review Group Action Plan

Shooting Rights and Deer Forests rateable values available this week

27th September 2017

The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 removed the exemption that had applied to shooting rights and deer forests from 1 April 2017. Assessors undertook to ensure that the bulk of rateable values for shooting rights and deer forests were completed by the end of September 2017. Valuation notices are being issued during the week beginning 25 September along with an information leaflet.

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Government Response to the Barclay Report on improvements to non-domestic rates

12th September 2017

The SAA welcomes the government’s announcement today and looks forward to working with both government and stakeholders to improve administration, transparency and fairness of the rates system in Scotland.

Report of the Barclay Review of Non-Domestic Rates

22nd August 2017

The Scottish Assessors Association (SAA) welcomes the Barclay Review Group’s report published today. It notes that the report concludes that -
• a property tax based on rentals should continue;
• revaluations should take place on a three yearly basis;
• the current structure of independent Assessors should be retained;
• improvements in information gathering powers and reporting should be made.
The SAA awaits the Government’s response and looks forward to working with stakeholders to detail and implement recommendations that the Government decides to take forward.

Report of the Barclay Review of Non-Domestic Rates