Scotland is set to benefit from £4m of UK Government funding to help the areas worst-affected by recent floods.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced today in Westminster that around £40 million of support will be released through the new Community Recovery Scheme.
And thanks to the Barnett Formula, around 10 per cent of that will come north to help areas across the south of Scotland which were damaged during Storm Desmond.
The cash will go to local councils to provide targeted support homes and businesses most in need.
The Scottish Conservatives welcomed the move, and have already challenged the SNP to match separate commitments made by the UK Government on council tax and business rates relief.
Scottish Conservative MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire John Lamont said:
“The UK Government is very much taking the lead on this, and it’s now up to the SNP to match that.
“The £4 million announced today will make a huge difference to homes and businesses across my constituency and the south of Scotland as a whole.
“When unpredictable, natural events occur like they did at the end of last week, it’s critical government moves fast to protect those worst affected.
“George Osborne has done that today, and I hope the Scottish Government will show similar determination to help.
“As well as today’s announcement, the UK Government’s policy of offering council tax and business rates relief to those affected by the flooding should be replicated north of the border.
“There are many steps the Scottish Government should be taking, but so far its response has been found wanting.”