Mid Scotland Scottish Conservative MSP Dean Lockhart has criticised the SNP Government for failing to provide vital business grants for hundreds of business in the region.
New figures from the SNP Government show that 2695 applications were received for their Small Business Grant Scheme and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Schemes, from businesses across the Stirling area but only 2089 had been processed as of December 8.
This has left 606 six applications outstanding despite the scheme closing to new applicants on July 10.
Mr Lockhart is now calling on the SNP Government to guarantee that more resources are made available immediately to address this unacceptable backlog.
Along with all other mainland areas Stirling will enter Tier 4 restrictions on Boxing day further adding to the pressures these businesses are already facing.
Commenting, Dean Lockhart MSP said:
“These schemes was closed to new applicants in July. It is unacceptable that hundreds of applications to these funds from businesses across Stirling are still outstanding.
''Businesses are crying out for real support not just more warm words from the Scottish Government.
These figures demonstrate only too well the gulf between harsh reality and the platitudes being uttered by SNP Ministers who must urgently address why so many applications have been left waiting.
''There is a very real risk many of these businesses will have already gone under or won’t reopen in the new year and now those that remain are faced with a further period of closure.''