Maritime Businesses (Support)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 10 February 2021.

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Photo of Rhoda Grant Rhoda Grant Labour

The First Minister is aware that businesses have received support on the basis of rateable value. Maritime businesses do not have a rateable value, but they have similar costs, such as berthing dues, loans and rental payments, and they have received no help. They might qualify for councils’ discretionary payments, but those are inadequate to meet their needs and are a fraction of what their land-based equivalents have received. Will the First Minister undertake to ensure that they get an equivalent level of support?