Bacta are calling on the Scottish Government to provide increased support to assist the country’s amusement industry.
According to the trade association’s CEO John White, suppliers in the amusements industry are currently being denied the support that should come through funds made available to local government. This support, extended in last week’s budget finance cabinet secretary Kate Forbes, includes a 100 percent non-domestic rates relief available to properties in the retail, hospitality, leisure and aviation sectors, as well as £51.9 million of dedicated help for the Scottish tourism sector, and £11.6 billion for local government.
“Suppliers are being denied the discretionary support through funds made available to local authorities,” said White. “We concluded it might be better to have a specific SG fund on which suppliers can call. This has been done for a range of other small sectors that were getting no help such as taxi drivers and wedding venues.”
White added that while attaining the fund is not a certainty, the trade association will continue to lob by “the right people in the right way” on the matter, while studying the detail of any support extensions to make sure members currently receiving rates relief will continue to do so.