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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-09222
Asked by: Alexander Burnett, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Date lodged: 17 June 2022 Registered interest

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what the reasons were for applications to the Business Ventilation Fund from businesses in Aberdeenshire being declined.

Current status: Answered by Kate Forbes on 27 June 2022


Answer

Applications to the Business Ventilation Fund were declined if the business did not meeting the eligibility criteria for the Fund such as being in an eligible sector, claiming for eligible items by the fund deadline or meeting the fund business rules.

This includes claiming for premises which are registered for non-domestic rates, being classed as a small or medium enterprise and having purchased or carried out works between 23 November 2021 and 31 March 2022.

The majority of businesses declined in Aberdeenshire either weren’t in a eligible sector or had made duplicate claims. Additionally, a number of applications were closed when the deadline for claims had passed and no claim had been submitted by the business. Businesses had been notified that they were able to make a claim and for what and the deadline for this as part of the application process.