- 16 Feb 2021
Date received: 28 Dec 2020
Date responded: 2 Feb 2021
In relation to the Creative, Tourism and Hospitality Enterprises Hardship Fund (CTHEHF):
'I would be obliged if you would confirm that the Scottish Government did indeed set this criterion and provide me with the details as minuted in the records of the relevant meeting where the decision was made. can you please provide as much information as possible on who and why the criterion of having a business bank account was set.'
We developed these schemes and the principles that underpinned them at pace, to provide vital support to businesses as quickly as we could. However, we were still distributing public funds and had a responsibility to ensure that we took appropriate steps to minimise the risk of fraudulent claims.
In order to reduce fraud risk in the use of public funds, we considered that the inclusion of a requirement for enterprises seeking support through these funds to have a business bank account was proportionate, and would help us to manage the risk of fraud.
This decision was taken at a Working Group, involving all partners including the Scottish Government.
Included at Annex A, is the decision paper on the ineligibility of personal bank accounts for this Fund.
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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House