FM criticised

Licensed trade chief blasts ‘hand-outs to takeaways’

Colin Wilkinson: indefensible

A hospitality leader has criticised the Scottish Government’s latest package of support, claiming that it includes businesses that had benefited from the pandemic, such as takeaways.

The Scottish Government will provide £100m taken from the recent Budget of which £66 million will be attributed to the hospitality sector, and £8m will go to the food and drink supply chain affected by hospitality cancellations. This includes wholesalers.

A further £20m will go to the culture sector, £3m to the wedding sector, and £3m to the worst affected parts of the tourism sector, including international inbound operators.

However, Colin Wilkinson, managing director, Scottish Licensed Trade Association, said the sector was led to believe that this financial support was to be focused on those most directly affected by the “negative messaging” and most in need of ‘aid’ – the licensed hospitality sector and the supply chain.

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