Policy goes to court

Firms seek judicial review into Forbes’ grant scheme

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Kate Forbes was forced to change tack (pic: Terry Murden)

A group of small businesses have today lodged a petition at the Court of Session seeking a judicial review on the fairness of the Scottish Government’s Business Grant Scheme.

The action has been filed amid increasing concerns that failure to match Westminster’s economic support will force a string of the country’s smaller firms out of existence.

The petition was submitted digitally, with a motion seeking a first order for service and a shortened period for answers so that an early Permission Hearing can be fixed. 

The group of businesses spanning various sectors across retail, hospitality and leisure, are arguing the fairness of the Scottish Government’s decision to deny them grant support equal to that being offered south of the border

The Scottish Government initially offered a 100% grant on business rates per business, while firms in England and Wales were able to claim the full amount for each property.

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