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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S5W-33875
Asked by: Alison Johnstone, Lothian, Scottish Green Party
Date lodged: 8 December 2020

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what support is available to businesses that are not required to close by the COVID-19 restrictions but are experiencing financial difficulties because of the impact of the pandemic and the restrictions that are in place elsewhere on the amount of business that they can carry out.

Current status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 14 December 2020


Answer

The Strategic Framework details funding available for businesses that can remain open but are specifically required to modify operations by law, for example having to close earlier than normal. These Business Restrictions Grants are payable very four weeks and are set at £1,400 or £2,100 (depending on rateable value). In addition we have allocated £30m to Local Authorities for a Discretionary Fund to give them the flexibility to use their local knowledge to the support businesses and recently announced a further £185m of new and additional support for business sectors.