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Arran’s MSP Kenneth Gibson has welcomed a Scottish government announcement that B&Bs will be eligible for a lockdown grant.

B&Bs can receive a £2,000 grant for every four weeks they have been in lockdown if they do not pay non-domestic rates but do pay council tax.

The grant will be allocated by North Ayrshire Council and business owners are encouraged not to apply, as the local authority will contact them directly.

Mr Gibson said: ‘Lockdown restrictions have been incredibly difficult for the tourism industry, including B&Bs, and so I warmly welcome this Scottish government grant.

‘NAC will identify and invite eligible businesses to register for payment and, thereafter, work to ensure funds are in their accounts as soon as possible.’