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Question ref. S6W-05705
Asked by: Jamie Halcro Johnston, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Date lodged: 14 January 2022

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what financial support is available to self-catering businesses that have seen their business disrupted by COVID-19.

Current status: Answered by Ivan McKee on 24 January 2022


Answer

The funding package to deal with the Omicron crisis has been targeted at those businesses most severely impacted by the cancellations due to public health advice and re-introduction of restrictions on some businesses. For this tranche of funding this has meant support for the hostel sector, and hotels with bars and restaurants.

We recognise that the self-catering sector, alongside many other businesses across Scotland has also been adversely affected by COVID-19 and we strongly sympathise with them in light of the challenges this has presented. Limited funding available has necessitated our focus on targeting those most impacted by restrictions. We will continue to monitor the impacts of COVID on businesses and to engage in dialogue with the UK Government on the case for support.