Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer calling for answers on the government’s position regarding support for self-catering providers. Writing following previous correspondence on the issue, Mr Carmichael highlighted the gaps in support and the concerns raised by the Association of Scotland's Self-Caterers in an open letter sent last month, which remains unanswered by the government.
Mr Carmichael said:
“Self-catering providers are falling through the gaps in government support through no fault of their own. It is hard to see why the Self Employment Income Support Scheme cannot be adjusted to include them.
“I recognise that there are many demands on the Treasury’s time currently but the ASSC and self-catering providers in the isles deserve a response from the Government on these issues. They cannot simply be left in limbo because of a technicality in the tax system.”
“If support is not forthcoming then we should not be surprised if our tourism industry takes longer to recover from the impact of coronavirus. Those who have put resources into holiday lets and other successful parts of the isles’ tourism offer should be supported like any other self-employed person.”