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SCOTTISH LEISURE TAX AVOIDANCE SCHEME CONDEMNED BY UNISON

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Unison has condemned moves by two Scottish local authorities to transfer their leisure facilities into charitable t...
Unison has condemned moves by two Scottish local authorities to transfer their leisure facilities into charitable trusts, which would save them VAT and avoid rates, reports The Herald (p6).

Both Edinburgh City Council and West Lothian Council are considering such schemes, which have been described as backdoor privatisation by Unison, and which are opposed by the Scottish National Party.

West Lothian leader Graeme Morrice said his authority's scheme could save£500,000 in a full year, and denied it equated to privatisation. Edinburgh's scheme is designed to save£900,000 a year.
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