PE01648: Nursery business rates

People Communities

Petitioner: Stephanie Dodds


Date Lodged: 09 May 2017

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to abolish or freeze business rates for nurseries.

Petition History:


15 June 2017: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, Voice Union, Parenting Across Scotland and local authorities. Link to the Official Report 15 June 2017

9 November 2017: The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 of Standing Orders on the basis that the Scottish Government has agreed that childcare nurseries should benefit from a new 100% rate relief from 2018-19. Link to Official Report 9 November 2017

Written Submissions:

A key highlight for the Government is to invest in the Early Year provision with the new doubling of hours from 600 to 1140 hours due to commence in 2020. So we are really disappointed that the private sector nurseries have been hit with substantial increases in rates when we have been fighting alongside NDNA (National Day Nurseries Association) to have rates for nurseries abolished, and at best substantially reduced, not substantially increased!


This is nothing more than a tax on vulnerable parents and children who are already struggling to pay their nursery fees as the rates increases will inevitably have to be passed onto parents as childcare business are already closing down due to high cost.

Brian Morison

20:52 on 09 May 2017

As an owner of two small nurseries we can accommodate up to 100 children at anyone given time. As a business we try to keep our costs as affordable as possible. Considering the minimum wage has recently increased again and now this vast increase in non domestic rates. I feel a result of these two recent increases we will seriously have to consider passing these costs onto our parents due to the margins in profit not making the business profitable any more. This potential increase in fees will either make our service unaffordable for many and as a result some parents may have to remove their children from childcare. There will ultimately be a knock on effect which could result in the closure of many small nurseries. With the increase in funded places in 2020 to 1140 hours, If many small businesses have been forced to close how will there be enough provision to cater for almost doubling the funded places. There is a strong possibility that there will not be enough partnership nurseries still in business in order to provide the 1140 when required.

Robert Farren

14:46 on 09 May 2017

With the continuous increased rates for my nursery as well as others, it will result in increased childcare rates for parents. This is going to result in childcare becoming even more unaffordable. We are education providers and there is already much pressure on us to deliver a great service and educate our children but we should be exempt from the rate increase to continue to remain affordable for parents and therefore their children still receive great education.


13:19 on 08 May 2017

The increase in costs is severe and is a significant factor in my youngest not attending nursery as planned. Simply unaffordable.

Lianne Millar

23:22 on 05 May 2017

My youngest leaves this year however this is still unacceptable.

Neil Seddon

16:36 on 04 May 2017

Any increased costs to the nursery will be passed onto the parents. This will limit the access to private childcare that parents with full time roles need to support their employment obligations, and is completely counterintuitive to the scheme of offering increased childcare support.

Rachael Parry

16:09 on 04 May 2017

Such high increased rates from nurseries will result in increased rates for parents. This will result in childcare becoming even more unaffordable. Nurseries should be exempt from the rate increase to make them remain affordable

Jennifer Downie

9:25 on 04 May 2017


Amanda hamilton

13:06 on 03 May 2017

Increasing business rates for nurseries seems counter-intuitive to the notion of investing in the future of our children.

John Maclean

12:20 on 03 May 2017

I have just returned to work from maternity leave, the pressure of leaving your baby at nursery is hard enough but to then be met with increasing costs is a struggle to a lot of parents including myself. I don't have family near by so nursery is the only option if I am to remain in work.

Donna Neilson

10:25 on 03 May 2017

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