The SNP Scottish Government has supported businesses across Scotland with £3.6billion of funding throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Research from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) shows that the Scottish Government has made over £2.7bn available in support such as grants, with £965m being made available to businesses through business rates relief.

The Scottish Government has made a wide range of support available to businesses, with some funding going over and above what the UK government has provided through Barnett Consequentials.

Christina McKelvie, MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse said:

"Businesses across Scotland have faced serious challenges during the Covid pandemic and lockdowns over the past year and a half.

"The Scottish Government have listened to what firms across Scotland need and provided funding and support whenever they have needed it, with businesses in Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse benefitting.

“On some occasions the Scottish Government has provided funding over and above what has been made available by the UK government. For instance, 100% business rates relief for hospitality, retails and leisure businesses will continue on until March 2022 in Scotland, whereas businesses in the rest of UK have had to pay part of their business rates since July.

"Ultimately though Scotland has not been able to implement the same financial measures as other similarly sized European countries as a result of being shackled to Westminster. We face the prospect of furlough being wound down when businesses are still finding their feet.

"Even with one hand tied behind its back the Scottish Government has provided support for businesses, which is why we need a referendum for recovery to access the full powers that independence would bring.”