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Schools such as Fettes in Edinburgh currently get relief of up to 20% on their bills for non-domestic rates

Private schools will be taxed full business rates next year, the Scottish government has confirmed.

The announcement means the schools will no longer get relief of up to 20% on their bills for non-domestic rates.

The change, recommended three years ago, will come into effect on 1 September next year.

Independent schools have warned they could be hit by a £37m bill in the first five years of the new system.

There are 51 private schools in Scotland, including famous institutions like Gordonstoun and Fettes.

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Inclusion of fee-paying schools in non-domestic rate payments was recommended in the Barclay Review of…

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