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Scotland’s First Minister faces questions, as Business Trade is yet to recieve funding.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has failed to pay businesses,
after promising support last December.

The Scottish Government promised businesses across the country financial support before Christmas (14 December 2020). However, nightclub owners have complained that the Scottish Government has not yet provided the funding, leaving them under pressure, heightened by the restrictions on much of the entertainment and hospitality sector. 

 

As cases in COVID-19 saw a spike in December, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon enforced restrictions upon some sectors. As of Monday 17 January, outdoor venues and events will reopen to capacity, but it still leaves many other parts of hospitality and leisure in troubled grounds. 

In Thursday’s (13 January) meeting of the Scottish Parliament, Douglas Ross asked the First Minister, ‘How many businesses, in Scotland, have so far received funding and how many are waiting to receive it’. 

The First Minister responded that the process is ‘ongoing’, as the Government works alongside local authorities, saying that they, “are working to get the money administered to businesses as soon as possible.”

She also mentions that under Conservative power, money is not being provided at all; The SNP’s are doing everything they can and reassure trade bodies that support will be paid soon.

Today, Gavin Stevenson, of the Night Time Industries Association Scotland (NTIAS) told BBC Scotland, “not a single penny of the funds promised before christmas have reached businesses.” 

The Scottish Hospitality Group claims that its trade is down by 40%, compared to 2019 and urges for the sector to ‘reopen now’. 

If restrictions do not lift in Scotland soon, and without financial support, businesses will be in danger of ‘going under’. 

However, the process of funding for entitled businesses will continue and it is hoped that those without the application of support will be provided with the opportunity soon. 

To view the full Scottish Parliament meeting from Thursday 13 January see, https://scottishparliament.tv/meeting/meeting-of-the-parliament-january-13-2022

Written by: Heather Davey

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