Important information about third party agencies

It has come to our attention that some third party agencies are approaching businesses in Scotland offering to work on their behalf in connection with overpayments of business rates.

In some cases, these agencies are asking ratepayers to sign a contract and are taking commission from any refund of business rates due.

East Lothian Council has not employed or engaged with any of these agencies.

We actively identify if ratepayers have overpaid their business rates and contact customers directly about any refund due.

Please remember that our business rates team offer free and impartial advice and information to anyone who needs it. We urge you to contact the team with any questions you have about your business rates.

Important information -  cost of living

With the cost of living increasing, many people are finding it difficult to cover essential daily living costs.

A range of measures are available to help people boost their income. Don't assume you're receiving everything you're entitled to, always check, and if you're still struggling or in doubt, get in touch.

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