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Lochhead seeks Moray Council update on plans for share of Covid Recovery Fund


By Alan Beresford

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MSP Richard Lochhead has written to Moray Council seeking an update on its plans for its share of Covid Recovery Fund cash.

Richard Lochhead MSP: "So many challenges" for Moray businesses, organisations and households. Picture: Becky Saunderson
Richard Lochhead MSP: "So many challenges" for Moray businesses, organisations and households. Picture: Becky Saunderson

In February, the Scottish Government announced the £80 million fund for local authorities to provide targeted support for businesses and local communities as we move to a new phase of the pandemic.

Councils have the flexibility to target support through existing schemes, such as Scotland Loves Local or Business Improvement Districts, or to individual local grant schemes. They are also able to use the funding to support low income households.

Mr Lochhead has sought an update from Moray council chief executive Roddy Burns as to how it will use its share of funding to support local businesses, communities and people here in Moray.

He said: “The £80 million Covid Recovery Fund will benefit communities and businesses across Scotland, with local authorities able to consider their own needs and how best to target support to maximise economic recovery in their area.

“I’ve no doubt that Moray Council are pleased to have this funding available in order to support our local communities and to help our local economy recover from the pandemic.

“It has been a few weeks since this funding was announced and I’ve now sought an update from the Moray Council as how it will use its share of funding and the timescales for getting money out the door.

“There are so many challenges for local businesses, organisations and households at the moment, as we all try to recover from the pandemic and deal with the cost of living crisis, so I know that many people will be interested to hear how Moray Council plans to use this funding.”

A spokesperson for Moray Council commented: “A full response will be sent to Richard Lochhead MSP in due course. Meanwhile, elected members will discuss a report detailing plans for the Covid Recovery Fund for Moray at full council in April.”



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