As part of the ongoing support for businesses, the Scottish Government has introduced a new package of sector specific support to help businesses closed or impacted by current protective measures.
This guidance relates to delivery arrangements for grant payments to support:
- large self-catering properties
- exclusive use properties that provide accommodation
These were announced on 21 January 2021 by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism, following engagement with key sectors within Scotland’s tourist accommodation sector.
These additional funds do not impact on eligibility for, or any payments made, under the Strategic Framework Business Fund (SFBF).
It should be noted that holiday accommodation providers, including self-catering properties, exclusive use properties, B&Bs and other accommodation types required to close under The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Regulations 2020, and liable for Non Domestic Rates are already eligible for grants under the Strategic Framework Business Fund, and should apply to their local authority to get this. Eligibility for the Strategic Framework business fund is based from The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Regulations 2020, and only business premises that are specified here to close or modify operations are eligible. These additional funds do not impact on eligibility for, or any payments made, under the SFBF.
Certain types of self-catering and exclusive use accommodation, and B&Bs paying council tax, are to receive additional tailored grant support, because of the unique impact of the pandemic restrictions on them (Large Self-Catering and Exclusive use) or their particular circumstances (B&Bs which pay council tax).
For self-catering and exclusive use there is one-off additional support with a total estimated valued of £7 million comprising: