Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



Richard Lochhead MSP has written to the Moray Council’s Chief Executive, Roddy Burns, seeking an update on the local authority’s plans for its share of the COVID Recovery Fund. 

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

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

Mr Lochhead has sought an update from the Moray Council on how it will use its share of funding to support local businesses, communities and people here in Moray.

Commenting Richard Lochhead MSP said:

“The £80m 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.”