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what it says about the president and his administration.
Some companies are rebelling against new business rates coming
into force in April - with one leading hotelier
It's being claimed that the increases don't
take account of a drop in turnover since revaluation.
However the Scottish government say they're supporting smaller
businesses and an extra one hundred thousand will now
A busy lunchtime at the Marcliffe Hotel in Aberdeen.
But owner Stewart Spence isn't celebrating.
His business rates are set to rise by 25%, an extra ?1000 a week.
At the same time, turnover has plunged by 40%.
Mr Spence is refusing to pay the increased rates, and is calling
I'm going to continue to pay my old rates which is ?252,000 a year,
until I have a satisfactory answer to my appeal.
Are you concerned about legal ramifications?
I would love to go to court to challenge it.
Rates rises aren't confined to the hospitality sector.
The managing director of this nursery, and four others
in the west of Scotland, will see her bill increase
It's hugely concerning because a lot of people initially say, that's OK,
you can charge it back to the parents.
But there's obviously a ceiling to what we can do
there and there's a saturation point, and we will come to a point
where parents will say, we can't afford to go out and work.
And many businesses in Scotland will be affected.
The Scottish Conservatives are calling for an "immediate
The Scottish Government say thousands will play nothing at all.
We have taken decisions to support businesses.
We have increased the threshold for the small business bonus
to ?15,000, lifting about 100,000 businesses out of rates altogether.
Businesses like this one can appeal their revaluation
if they think the assessors have got it wrong.
One thing's for sure - this rates row looks set to rumple on.
So why are some businesses facing big increases while others are not?
Our Business and Economy Editor Douglas Fraser explains.
I have travelled all the way to my place of work,
the BBC headquarters in Glasgow, which is liable for nondomestic
rates, as our other offices, factories, warehouses,
schools and hospitals, a bothy, a satellite mast and salmon.
It depends on the business sector and on the location.
Seven years ago the value placed on renting this was ?3.75 million.
Along with office rental in this area, it's going up 15%.
That's not the actual bill, the bill is based on the poundage,
the rate levied on each pound of the valuation.
That's roughly half the annual rental cost.
In the case of the BBC, ?2.1 million from April.
That's quite a hike, but in the tourism sector,
That hotel across the Clyde, its rateable value is going up
around 50%, the bill will be around ?570,000 per year.
There are catches around this, big properties pay a supplement,
and 100,000 smaller properties are exempt.
In total, ?2.8 billion this year, that is to pay the government bills,
Business isn't going to pay more in total, it will just pay different
shares depending on properties that have risen or fallen
Some will pay more and some will play less.
Those who pay less tend to make less of a fuss.
Three Labour-run councils are going to freeze the basic
rate of council tax - even though this adds
South Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde councils all decided
against increasing bills for the majority of local residents.
But the move leaves them open to criticism
Our local government correspondent Jamie McIvor reports.
In Glasgow the basic rate of council taxes going up by 3%, and just
territory campaigners gathered here as councillors took the decision.
Many campaigners say they are unhappy with the weight some
councils are acting saying they would like to see councils do more
to fight cuts and say the Scottish and UK governments should take some
blame for cuts to local services. That is the situation here in
Glasgow. Three other labour led councils confirmed they would not be
putting up the basic rate of council tax, the strategy could be risky
anti-austerity campaigners could argue a council which does not put
up tax is not doing all it can to try to mitigate cuts locally while
the Scottish government could say a council which does not put up
council tax can hardly complain about how much government funding it
is getting. Four people have been
arrested in Slovakia as part of an investigation into human
trafficking, which also saw the arrest of five people
in Glasgow last week. The operation has so far
uncovered sixteen possible victims of trafficking,
with officers from Police Scotland, Slovakian Police and Europol
involved in the raids Glasgow University has been granted
planning permission by the city council for a one billion
pound redevelopment project. It will see the university expand
into the old Western Infirmary site The plans include new research
and teaching buildings. Its 19th century tower may be one
of the city's famous landmarks, but Glasgow University has a whole
variety of buildings, old and modern, spread
around University Avenue, Now the Western Infirmary next door
has closed and the university wants to transform that site from one
where patients of the past were treated, to a centre pioneering
cure is for patients of the future. That vision, though,
spreads far beyond just Mixing it up, they say,
could bring the rewards. Here we would produce
a campus that is innovative and Glasgow University will be
at the centre of that translation of research for economic
activity in Scotland, driving care industries like quantum
technology and precise medicines. As well as prestigious research,
universities are competing to attract students
from around the world. They have doubled the number
of international students here in recent years,
so there will be new lecture theatres and study areas
to encourage more. West end shops saw a dip in trade
with the closure of the hospital and there have been some objections
to the proposal with concerns new on-campus shops and cafes
will take trade, rather Concerns the University
is keen to calm. We think it will actually create
an extra buzz that will attract more We really want it to be
part of this community. Where we are standing now
will be a new Square. It will be a square similar
to many of the other large We want that to be used
by the university, but also Outside of graduation,
you will not see many members of the public wandering round this
part of the University. This is the preserve
of students and professors. But the development plan
will last ten years. But five years from now,
that square down the hill should be in place and handier for everyone,
whether your degree is from here The Motherwell boss and Scotland
assistant manager, Mark McGhee, could be in trouble again
with his part-time employers at the Scottish
Football Association. McGhee was sent
to the stands during his side's Afterwards, he said a match
official had an "agenda" It was enough to make
a manager's blood boil. With his team already 4-0
down and on their way to an even bigger defeat,
a clearly furious Mark McGeeney is sent to the stands
by the referee. The dismissal came about
on the advice of the fourth I was horrified by the attitude
the fourth official took. I wasn't getting excited about
the fact we were losing the game. I wasn't losing my
patience or tempter. But from the first minute
the fourth made up his mind. If the attention of a police
officer was unwanted, Mark McGhee's evening got worse
when he got up to the stands to find It's not just that outburst that
could land the assistant manager When asked if he would consult the
head referee... McGhee has already served a two
match ban this season for insulting or abusive language towards a match
official in November. It was a miserable night
all round for Motherwell who shipped seven goals to Aberdeen,
the pick of which came from on loan But it's his words post match that
might yet hurt the manager more. Following McGhee's comments
we contacted Motherwell, the Scottish Football Association
at the National Stadium, and senior figures from the refereeing world,
none of whom wanted to comment for fear of prejudicing
a possible disciplinary case. But it's clear the SFA who employs
Mark McGhee as assistant manager to the national team,
will want a full explanation. Let's get the weather outlook
for tonight and tomorrow now, Cold tonight, colder than last night
with clear spells, frost and mist and fog. The reason being a ridge of
high pressure on the charts, a warm front so thick cloud and a few spots
of rain tonight and tomorrow morning. Elsewhere, dry tonight and
tomorrow but a murky morning, low cloud, mist and fog across the
southern uplands and into the central belt. Milder with a warm
front, thicker cloud and spots of rain for the Hebrides but elsewhere
dry and cool. Further north, towards Murray, Inverness, morning sunshine,
similar for Orkney and if you passing showers likely across
Shetland. Through tomorrow, the sunshine across the North and
north-east will be short lived in places because this weather front
will edge its way eastwards, little in the way of rain bringing cloud
further east, brighter moments over the Lothians and towards the eastern
borders. Across the UK, that ridge stays in place keeping things
largely dry, you can see the weather front meaning a band of cloud down
largely dry, you can see the weather the spine of the country, outbreaks
of rain in the Irish Sea and Wales and Cornwall, mild, temperatures
around nine to 11 Celsius. Through tomorrow night, fairly cloudy, the
around nine to 11 Celsius. Through breeze picks up on the West Coast
and outbreaks of rain as the cold front follows on meaning Saturday
gets off to a soggy start. And improving day, through the afternoon
the rain tending to ease off turning more showery, brightness and where
it does mild. 13 degrees. Sunday, generally a dryer Dave Romney off
but outbreaks of rain across the North West. -- a dry day.
Our next update is during Breakfast at 6:25am tomorrow morning.
But from everyone on the late team here in Glasgow
and around the country - goodnight.