Budget Update

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

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Photo of Jackie Baillie Jackie Baillie Labour

A month ago, Scottish Labour demanded additional resource for the hospitality and tourism sector, and last week we asked for support for small businesses, so I am pleased that the Scottish Government has now acted.

However, many businesses have received no help from the coronavirus restrictions fund or the hardship fund, and no support from the strategic framework business fund, because the criteria are too tight. Most supply-chain businesses, and those without premises, have been excluded, so I welcome the flexibility on criteria.

How much has been spent on those funds so far? Why do businesses have to wait until January to get support when many of them are struggling and going to the wall now? Does the cabinet secretary believe that that support will be enough to help businesses to survive?