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what it says about the president and his administration.

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Some companies are rebelling against new business rates coming

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into force in April - with one leading hotelier

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It's being claimed that the increases don't

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take account of a drop in turnover since revaluation.

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However the Scottish government say they're supporting smaller

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businesses and an extra one hundred thousand will now

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A busy lunchtime at the Marcliffe Hotel in Aberdeen.

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But owner Stewart Spence isn't celebrating.

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His business rates are set to rise by 25%, an extra ?1000 a week.

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At the same time, turnover has plunged by 40%.

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Mr Spence is refusing to pay the increased rates, and is calling

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I'm going to continue to pay my old rates which is ?252,000 a year,

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until I have a satisfactory answer to my appeal.

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Are you concerned about legal ramifications?

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I would love to go to court to challenge it.

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Rates rises aren't confined to the hospitality sector.

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The managing director of this nursery, and four others

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in the west of Scotland, will see her bill increase

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It's hugely concerning because a lot of people initially say, that's OK,

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you can charge it back to the parents.

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But there's obviously a ceiling to what we can do

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there and there's a saturation point, and we will come to a point

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where parents will say, we can't afford to go out and work.

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And many businesses in Scotland will be affected.

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The Scottish Conservatives are calling for an "immediate

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The Scottish Government say thousands will play nothing at all.

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We have taken decisions to support businesses.

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We have increased the threshold for the small business bonus

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to ?15,000, lifting about 100,000 businesses out of rates altogether.

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Businesses like this one can appeal their revaluation

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if they think the assessors have got it wrong.

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One thing's for sure - this rates row looks set to rumple on.

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So why are some businesses facing big increases while others are not?

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Our Business and Economy Editor Douglas Fraser explains.

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I have travelled all the way to my place of work,

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the BBC headquarters in Glasgow, which is liable for nondomestic

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rates, as our other offices, factories, warehouses,

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schools and hospitals, a bothy, a satellite mast and salmon.

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It depends on the business sector and on the location.

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Seven years ago the value placed on renting this was ?3.75 million.

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Along with office rental in this area, it's going up 15%.

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That's not the actual bill, the bill is based on the poundage,

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the rate levied on each pound of the valuation.

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That's roughly half the annual rental cost.

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In the case of the BBC, ?2.1 million from April.

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That's quite a hike, but in the tourism sector,

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That hotel across the Clyde, its rateable value is going up

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around 50%, the bill will be around ?570,000 per year.

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There are catches around this, big properties pay a supplement,

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and 100,000 smaller properties are exempt.

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In total, ?2.8 billion this year, that is to pay the government bills,

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Business isn't going to pay more in total, it will just pay different

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shares depending on properties that have risen or fallen

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Some will pay more and some will play less.

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Those who pay less tend to make less of a fuss.

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Three Labour-run councils are going to freeze the basic

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rate of council tax - even though this adds

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South Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde councils all decided

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against increasing bills for the majority of local residents.

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But the move leaves them open to criticism

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Our local government correspondent Jamie McIvor reports.

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In Glasgow the basic rate of council taxes going up by 3%, and just

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territory campaigners gathered here as councillors took the decision.

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Many campaigners say they are unhappy with the weight some

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councils are acting saying they would like to see councils do more

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to fight cuts and say the Scottish and UK governments should take some

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blame for cuts to local services. That is the situation here in

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Glasgow. Three other labour led councils confirmed they would not be

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putting up the basic rate of council tax, the strategy could be risky

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anti-austerity campaigners could argue a council which does not put

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up tax is not doing all it can to try to mitigate cuts locally while

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the Scottish government could say a council which does not put up

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council tax can hardly complain about how much government funding it

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is getting. Four people have been

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arrested in Slovakia as part of an investigation into human

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trafficking, which also saw the arrest of five people

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in Glasgow last week. The operation has so far

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uncovered sixteen possible victims of trafficking,

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with officers from Police Scotland, Slovakian Police and Europol

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involved in the raids Glasgow University has been granted

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planning permission by the city council for a one billion

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pound redevelopment project. It will see the university expand

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into the old Western Infirmary site The plans include new research

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and teaching buildings. Its 19th century tower may be one

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of the city's famous landmarks, but Glasgow University has a whole

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variety of buildings, old and modern, spread

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around University Avenue, Now the Western Infirmary next door

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has closed and the university wants to transform that site from one

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where patients of the past were treated, to a centre pioneering

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cure is for patients of the future. That vision, though,

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spreads far beyond just Mixing it up, they say,

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could bring the rewards. Here we would produce

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a campus that is innovative and Glasgow University will be

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at the centre of that translation of research for economic

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activity in Scotland, driving care industries like quantum

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technology and precise medicines. As well as prestigious research,

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universities are competing to attract students

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from around the world. They have doubled the number

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of international students here in recent years,

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so there will be new lecture theatres and study areas

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to encourage more. West end shops saw a dip in trade

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with the closure of the hospital and there have been some objections

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to the proposal with concerns new on-campus shops and cafes

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will take trade, rather Concerns the University

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is keen to calm. We think it will actually create

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an extra buzz that will attract more We really want it to be

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part of this community. Where we are standing now

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will be a new Square. It will be a square similar

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to many of the other large We want that to be used

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by the university, but also Outside of graduation,

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you will not see many members of the public wandering round this

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part of the University. This is the preserve

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of students and professors. But the development plan

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will last ten years. But five years from now,

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that square down the hill should be in place and handier for everyone,

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whether your degree is from here The Motherwell boss and Scotland

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assistant manager, Mark McGhee, could be in trouble again

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with his part-time employers at the Scottish

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Football Association. McGhee was sent

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to the stands during his side's Afterwards, he said a match

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official had an "agenda" It was enough to make

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a manager's blood boil. With his team already 4-0

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down and on their way to an even bigger defeat,

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a clearly furious Mark McGeeney is sent to the stands

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by the referee. The dismissal came about

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on the advice of the fourth I was horrified by the attitude

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the fourth official took. I wasn't getting excited about

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the fact we were losing the game. I wasn't losing my

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patience or tempter. But from the first minute

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the fourth made up his mind. If the attention of a police

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officer was unwanted, Mark McGhee's evening got worse

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when he got up to the stands to find It's not just that outburst that

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could land the assistant manager When asked if he would consult the

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head referee... McGhee has already served a two

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match ban this season for insulting or abusive language towards a match

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official in November. It was a miserable night

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all round for Motherwell who shipped seven goals to Aberdeen,

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the pick of which came from on loan But it's his words post match that

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might yet hurt the manager more. Following McGhee's comments

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we contacted Motherwell, the Scottish Football Association

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at the National Stadium, and senior figures from the refereeing world,

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none of whom wanted to comment for fear of prejudicing

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a possible disciplinary case. But it's clear the SFA who employs

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Mark McGhee as assistant manager to the national team,

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will want a full explanation. Let's get the weather outlook

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for tonight and tomorrow now, Cold tonight, colder than last night

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with clear spells, frost and mist and fog. The reason being a ridge of

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high pressure on the charts, a warm front so thick cloud and a few spots

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of rain tonight and tomorrow morning. Elsewhere, dry tonight and

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tomorrow but a murky morning, low cloud, mist and fog across the

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southern uplands and into the central belt. Milder with a warm

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front, thicker cloud and spots of rain for the Hebrides but elsewhere

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dry and cool. Further north, towards Murray, Inverness, morning sunshine,

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similar for Orkney and if you passing showers likely across

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Shetland. Through tomorrow, the sunshine across the North and

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north-east will be short lived in places because this weather front

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will edge its way eastwards, little in the way of rain bringing cloud

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further east, brighter moments over the Lothians and towards the eastern

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borders. Across the UK, that ridge stays in place keeping things

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largely dry, you can see the weather front meaning a band of cloud down

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largely dry, you can see the weather the spine of the country, outbreaks

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of rain in the Irish Sea and Wales and Cornwall, mild, temperatures

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around nine to 11 Celsius. Through tomorrow night, fairly cloudy, the

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around nine to 11 Celsius. Through breeze picks up on the West Coast

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and outbreaks of rain as the cold front follows on meaning Saturday

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gets off to a soggy start. And improving day, through the afternoon

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the rain tending to ease off turning more showery, brightness and where

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it does mild. 13 degrees. Sunday, generally a dryer Dave Romney off

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but outbreaks of rain across the North West. -- a dry day.

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Our next update is during Breakfast at 6:25am tomorrow morning.

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But from everyone on the late team here in Glasgow

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and around the country - goodnight.

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