Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a new package of coronavirus grant support for businesses in England, with associated consequentials for the Scottish Government of £375m.

Andrew McRae, Scotland policy chair for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said: “This new cash injection could help a share of Scottish firms survive until the vaccine is rolled out. The Scottish Government must ensure this new funding reaches businesses before the end of January.

“The new £375m should be split between cash grants for smaller property based firms, and extra help for non-premises based operators that have had little or no help so far. But before any of this can happen, councils and government need to break the administrative logjam preventing money reaching businesses.

“Independent firms and the self-employed continue to make huge sacrifices. These operators can’t be left high and dry because of poor government systems.”

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