Whilst launching ‘The Year of the Rural Worker’, their new year-long initiative outlining the "vital role land labourers and their families play in community life", the Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) have warned of the potential for job losses resulting from the removal of business rate exemption for country sports.
The SGA has warned that ending business rate exemptions for deer stalking and shooting will sacrifice over 100 rural worker jobs immediately, with further losses to follow as land reforms bed in.
At present, the SGA represents 5300 members with around 1500 of those employed as full-time gamekeepers, land or river ghillies, wildlife managers and rangers. After taking soundings from its membership, the feeling is that 7 per cent of those may face redundancy and housing problems immediately if radical land reforms are pushed through.
More information: http://news.scottishgamekeepers.co.uk/2015/03/sga-announces-year-of-rural-worker-with.html