MSP backs calls for rates relief for Royal British Legion Social Clubs in Moray

Highlands and Islands Regional Labour MSP Peter Peacock has backed Councillor John Divers in his attempt to get rates relief for Royal British Legion Social Clubs in Moray.

Councillor Divers has lodged a notice of motion to Moray Council to debate the awarding of discretionary rates relief after it was refused earlier in the year.

The North MSP had written to Councillor George McIntyre, Convener of Moray Council, four weeks ago asking for him to put the matter before the appropriate council committee but to date has not received a reply.

Mr Peacock said, "I fully support Councillor Divers in his attempt in getting this matter aired again.

"The Clubs in Moray are struggling financially and the refusal to award rates relief in March of this year has not helped their finances.

"There is a long and honourable tradition in Moray of service in the armed services.

"This, along with the role that the RBL play in welfare issues and armistice parades, persuades me that there is indeed considerable merit in the Moray Council reconsidering its position with a view to awarding rates relief."

Councillor John Divers, (Elgin City South Ward), himself a former serviceman, said, "This is an issue I feel strongly about and voted in March to award the rates relief but was defeated.

"In view of the dire financial situation that some clubs are in I feel that the council needs to look again at this matter which is why I have lodged the motion.

"Hopefully we will see a different outcome when we debate the matter."


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