Budget Update

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 9th December 2020.

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On that last point, I can confirm that we will get that money out as quickly as is humanly possible, so as to provide that support.

As I said in my statement, one of the challenges with acting on a sectoral basis is that it is more complex, although it allows us to use every penny on the hardest-hit businesses, rather than having any funding used in ways that are not necessary right now.

Willie Rennie spoke about travel agents, and that funding is part of a general fund for coach operators, brewers, visitor attractions, visitor accommodation, hostels and indoor football. That funding will be distributed by local authorities. We will be determining what the grant amounts are, but they would probably be in the region of a £10,000 grant to those businesses that are in need.