Conservative Councillor Dominic Nolan has called for a fresh look at the grants available for pubs, restaurants and visitor attractions.
Councillor Nolan explained, “Grants of £25,000 are available for businesses with a rateable value under £51,000”
“The problem is that licensed premises are assessed for rates in a different way. They are assessed not on their turnover like other businesses but on their theoretical potential turnover. This results in their rateable value being much higher than comparable premises and means that they don’t qualify for a grant.”
“Unless this anomaly is addressed urgently towns like St Andrews and Dunfermline which used to have a thriving tourist trade and night-time economies are going to be particularly badly hit.”
“Without this support many pubs and restaurants and licensed visitor attractions will go out of business and as the lock-down eases they simply won’t be re-opening”