Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray has written to the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Investment, Infrastructure and Cities, Keith Brown MSP, calling on him to reconsider the removal of exemption to waste and water charges for small sports clubs in the region.
Community sports clubs across Dumfries & Galloway will be hit with the charges due to a change in criteria for the Water and Sewerage Charges Exemption Scheme. From April 2016, any club with a full bar licence, operating a café, or retailing new or second hand merchandise will fail to meet the criteria needed for exemption.
Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray said:
“Small, amateur sports clubs play a major role in communities across our region. Many struggle year to year on restricted budgets, and rely heavily on the support and dedication of volunteers. It therefore doesn’t make any sense to stretch their finances even further by removing exemption to waste and water charges – charges which could potentially reach thousands of pounds each year. Bowling, golf, squash and other clubs in Dumfries & Galloway cannot afford to be let down by the Scottish Government on this, and so the Cabinet Secretary needs to seriously reconsider the changes in criteria.”