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'.