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Fighting to secure lifeline help

THE battle to get support to get businesses through the Coronavirus crisis continues. Finlay Carson, Galloway and West Dumfries MSP, says he is continuing to pursue extra support for individuals and businesses who require help to get through the current Covid-19 outbreak. The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP continues to lobby the Scottish Government and Dumfries and Galloway Council to provide greater degrees of flexibility in funding packages, so that businesses can survive the effects of the unprecedented crisis. Mr Carson is concerned that some businesses and individuals are falling through the net in terms of the support schemes that have been announced and that there is currently not enough flexibility so that grants can be processed quickly for businesses urgently requiring cash. He has written to Dumfries and Galloway Chief Executive Gavin Stevenson to find out what information they require from the Scottish Government in order to fully process grants, while he has also written to Scottish Government Finance Secretary Kate Forbes, pushing for further flexibility on rateable values, in terms of what businesses can gain support. Mr Carson says that recent announcements for support for self-employed and small and medium enterprises who haven't been eligible for further schemes are welcome and hopes this will address some of the concerns raised to him. Mr Carson said: “I am absolutely committed to helping anyone in Galloway and West Dumfries through this crisis and I know many businesses and individuals are still absolutely desperate for funding support that hasn't been forthcoming. “This is an unprecedented crisis and I know the authorities are working flat out and both the UK Government and Scottish Government have laid out major funding and support for individuals and businesses. “However, my team and I are still getting contacted by many people who have fallen through the gap or who are simply not getting grants processed quickly enough. “That is why I continue to lobby the Scottish Government as well as Dumfries and Galloway Council to offer a greater degree of flexibility in funding packages as well as enquiring how grants can be delivered and processed quicker for people and businesses who are urgently looking for cash and support grants. “There still appears to be many loopholes for people to be jumping through, which causes even greater stress and frustration for people. “Anyone who contacts me can be assured that I will continue to push for greater support and ensure that people don't feel like they are being forgotten during this crisis.”

<< back Published: 20 Apr 2020, 17:40

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