Lamont calls for tax break for local papers in Scotland

The Southern Reporter
The Southern Reporter

A tax break for local newspapers should be looked into as a matter of urgency, local MSP John Lamont has said.

Last week, as part of the Budget, the Chancellor announced a review of business rates for weekly titles down south. Now, the Scottish Conservative Party is calling on the Scottish Government to look into doing the same north of the border to help boost a struggling newspaper industry.

The Scottish Newspaper Society is also pushing for the Scottish Government to look into the issue.

John Lamont MSP said: “The Borders is lucky to have a number of really good and very popular weekly papers, but we all know the print media is struggling to compete with social and other online media sources.

“Business rates relief for local papers would be a welcome move and one which could only help the sector compete and recover.

“Without a doubt Borders newspapers are an incredible source of information and help make local government and other public figures accountable to the public. They provide an important service and should be protected.

“I want the Scottish Government to look into a review of business rates as a matter of urgency to revive a flagging and much-loved industry.”