Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Carson raises concerns over one in five outstanding business applications in Dumfries and Galloway

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Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has raised concerns that almost one in five businesses in the region are still waiting for funding grants to be processed.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP has highlighted the latest statistics for business support grant funding, which shows that 19.2 per cent of businesses in Dumfries and Galloway are still waiting on vital grants being processed.

While Mr Carson accepts that council staff are working tirelessly to deliver support, he is concerned that discretion on funding awards is not being used nearly enough by the council and businesses are having to wait too long for funding.

The figures show that out of the 3,407 businesses in the region who have applied for support, over 650 of them are still waiting to receive their funding.

Mr Carson is continuing to take up many complex cases from constituents in order to solve their funding issues and says this backlog must be tackled as a matter of urgency.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “I fully appreciate that council staff and officials are working tirelessly to try and deliver vital funding support to businesses across my constituency.

“However as we approach almost two months of being in lockdown, it is concerning to see that almost one in five businesses are still waiting on applications being processed.

“I have been dealing with many complex cases for constituents who are still desperately seeking funding in order to protect their business at this time.

“It is clear to me that the council should be using greater discretion than they are currently in terms of awards in order to process these grants quickly.

“Seeing over 80 per cent of businesses who applied receive funding is welcome, but over 650 businesses in the region haven’t had applications processed which is far too high a number.

“I will be continuing to explore every avenue in order to support businesses in my constituency in order to speed up the process of these applications.”