Budget Update

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

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Mark McDonald raises an important point. Local economies differ across the country, which is why the discretionary funding is so important. Central Government will try to target support at the sectors that are hardest hit, but it is important that local authorities are able to tailor their own schemes in response to economic conditions. I hope that Aberdeen City Council will be able to use the discretionary funding for the particular challenges in Aberdeen city.

With regard to the tourism package, one of the things that is being worked on right now is provision of support to bigger businesses that missed out on the original support because their rateable value is more than £51,000. Therefore, particular consideration is being given to those larger businesses.