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Live Borders welcomes Cabinet Secretary’s Barclay Review Decision

Live Borders, the cultural and sport trust in the Scottish Borders, has welcomed the Cabinet Secretary’s decision not to implement Recommendation 24 within the Barclay Review.

Leisure and cultural venues currently run by Live Borders will continue to benefit from charity relief from non-domestic rates. Following lengthy consultation with stakeholders, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay confirmed that the Scottish Government will not be implementing Recommendation 24 of the Barclay Review to end this benefit.

Had Recommendation 24 been implemented it would have had potentially catastrophic implications on the ability of culture and sport trusts to deliver for local communities and their capacity to improve health and wellbeing outcomes. 

SPORTA Scotland and VOCAL Scotland also stressed the potential impact on the wider community benefits that trusts are able to deliver when they met with the Cabinet Secretary.

SPORTA Scotland and VOCAL Scotland were responding to the consultation on behalf of their culture and sport trust members including Live Borders.

Ewan Jackson, Live Borders Chief Executive, said: “The Cabinet Secretary’s decision not to implement Recommendation 24 within the Barclay review has come as a great relief. This is welcome news from the Scottish Government and we are delighted that they have appreciated the huge positive impact that Leisure and Culture trusts have in their local communities. This is a major decision that removes a significant risk to the Leisure Trust Charity sector and we appreciate the Cabinet Secretary giving the opportunity for broader consultation and consideration as part of the process. 

“As a charity Live Borders already contributes to national initiatives such as preventative health, obesity and social isolation.  We will continue to do all it can to use the company structure to continue to supporting healthy, active and creative communities in the Scottish Borders.”

“We continue to face real financial challenges and are working with Partners to ensure that difficult decisions with regards to service cessation, operational efficiency and estate management do not adversely impact the opportunity for our communities to physical, mentally and creatively active.”

You can read more in the Scottish Government news item: https://news.gov.scot/news/sports-arts-and-community-centres-to-keep-rates-relief