SNP MP Angus MacNeil has welcomed the announcement from the Scottish Government that £3 million will be made available for businesses in Tier 3 areas who are under financial strain due to the ongoing restrictions.

This funding will be allocated to local authorities to allow them to support affected businesses.

Commenting Angus MacNeil MP said:

“My colleague, Alasdair Allan MSP has been pushing hard for this with the Scottish Government and it is great that the First Minister has announced that financial support is now available for businesses in the islands impacted by the ongoing restrictions.

“For example, when B&Bs in Ullapool and Oban are getting money to support them during this period, it is ludicrous that the islands would not get support because if tourists are not going through Oban or Ullapool they are not going to be coming through the islands either.

“I hope that this money goes some way to alleviate the economic difficulties businesses will be facing.  It certainly brings businesses back into a situation that is comparable with their counterparts on the mainland.”