Scottish firms save £550,000

Businesses in Scotland have saved £550,000 as the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) cuts rates on environmental fees.


Businesses in Scotland have saved £550,000 as the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) cuts rates on environmental fees.

Businesses in Scotland have saved £550,000 as the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) cuts rates on environmental fees.

The measures have seen the cost of permits drop, with 1,545 applications having the entire fee waived.

Environment minister Roseanna Cunningham says the move will help companies cope in the downturn and ensure Scotland is ‘well-positioned for recovery’.

‘By waiving the fees, SEPA charges its customers, the majority of them rural businesses, we are supporting the farming, fishing, forestry and food industries that are the lifeblood of the rural economy and our rural communities,’ she adds.

Charges which have been reduced or dropped include fees for waste disposal and costs for the disposal of sheep dip, saving farmers £344,000.

The moves are in response to a call from the Scottish government to assess ways funding can be boosted for businesses, in turn stimulating economic activity.

Cunningham recently urged businesses to increase their recycling, in turn saving on waste disposal costs.

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