Joan McAlpine welcomes support for B&Bs in Dumfries and Galloway

South Scotland MSP, Joan McAlpine has welcomed an announcement by the SNP Scottish Government that Bed & Breakfasts in Dumfries & Galloway will be eligible for a lockdown grant.

 

Joan McAlpine MSP

Businesses can receive a £2,000 grant for every 4 weeks they have been in lockdown if they do not pay non-domestic rates but do pay council tax.

Commenting, SNP MSP Joan McAlpine said:

“This funding is very welcome especially as I’ve been pressing for support for these businesses for a while. Many have been unable to quality for other forms of emergency funding as they’re based in domestic premises so don’t tend to pay non-domestic rates. A number of local businesses had contacted me about it saying they were struggling to get by without the regular income so I’d raised the issue in parliament and written to ministers.

“Dumfries and Galloway relies heavily on the tourist industry which has been disproportionately been affected by the pandemic. Lockdown restrictions have been incredibly difficult for the sector, especially small B&Bs so this grant from the Scottish Government will come as a relief for those that have felt the impacts of restrictions.

“B&Bs in Dumfries and Galloway have played their part in suppressing the virus and stopping the spread and they should not suffer as a result of something that was of no fault of their own. I would encourage all B&Bs owners to take these grants and for local authorities to contact eligible businesses as soon as they can to ensure funds are in their accounts as quickly as possible.”