Row grows over support

Tories and SNP lock horns over small business grants

Jackson Carlaw

Jackson Carlaw: ‘divergent approach’ (pic: Terry Murden)

Support for Scotland’s lockdown-hit businesses is at the heart of a political war of words as the Tories accuse the SNP government of shortchanging small firms.

Cash-strapped businesses in Scotland are being offered a single £25,000 grant, even if they have numerous outlets.

In England and Wales, they are given the cash for each property they own.

The Tories are supporting small firms who have warned that this divergent approach could cost jobs and damage high streets as the country battles coronavirus. Tory leader Jackson Carlaw has called on the Scottish Government to match the policy south of the border.

However, SNP MSP George Adam, said: “If Scotland simply copied the system in England it would mean hundreds of firms, and specific industries important to the Scottish economy, would lose out.

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