Joint attack on Forbes

Pressure mounts to close business grant loopholes

Donald Cameron

Donald Cameron: ‘nonsensical position’

Tory and Labour MSPs today piled pressure on the Scottish government to resolve what they claim are shortcomings in grant support for small businesses.

Scottish Conservatives have demanded that the Scottish Government closes a loophole to support small businesses which pay rates as part of a rent package but are not the ‘named’ ratepayer.

These businesses, which include market traders and those operating in shared spaces, will benefit from a £617 million fund announced by UK Business Secretary Alok Sharma two weeks ago.

Kate Forbes the Scottish Finance Secretary, has yet to respond, putting those which fall into this sector north of the Border at a disadvantage.

Colliers International, the real estate firm, last week called on the Scottish Government to provide help.

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Donald Cameron, Scottish Conservative shadow finance secretary, today raised the issue with Ms Forbes in the Scottish Parliament.

He said: “This is an utterly nonsensical position and is causing many small businesses extreme hardship.

“Many businesses are suffering at the moment because of public health restrictions necessary to keep us all safe – and will need financial support.

“This is just the latest hole in the Scottish Government’s patchy and insufficient support package for the Scottish economy.

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