By Daniel Hunter

The Scottish Government has missed an opportunity to halt the flawed supermarket tax which will damage Scotland's business reputation and has not been adequately scrutinised.

A motion to annul the so-called public health levy was rejected by the Local Government and Regeneration committee today (Wednesday).

"The Government is pressing ahead with this ill-conceived tax raid in the face of some very real concerns about the damage it will do to the Scottish economy," Ian Shearer, Director of the Scottish Retail Consortium, said.

"It sends an alarming message to businesses of all kinds, that if you succeed in Scotland you will be seen as fair game for extra taxation whenever the Government needs some help balancing its budget.

"It's been made clear that this levy has no public health justification and that supermarkets have been unjustifiably singled out. It's the wrong policy at a time when the priority should be to stimulate growth and job creation."

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