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Government departments in Scotland owe local authorities more than£50 million in unpaid rate contributions. ...
Government departments in Scotland owe local authorities more than £50 million in unpaid rate contributions.

Scottish Office minister George Kynoch strongly criticised Scottish councils for their record on council tax collection. The overall non-payment level rose from 7% in 1993-94 to 12% in 1995-96.

Mr Kynoch's criticism upset the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, which then published the government's own bad payment record.

COSLA president Keith Geddes said: 'I had to sit through a lecture from Mr Kynoch about unpaid taxes, yet in Edinburgh alone unpaid debt for government buildings is £7.6m'.
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