New figures show that 43 awards involved “undercutting/raising non-fire doors”.

Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Willie Rennie has demanded the government explain why it denied it was recommending door chopping before funding businesses to do exactly that.

He also challenged the Scottish Government to explain why less than £1m was spent of the £25m announced by the First Minister to help businesses make ventilation changes to protect customers and staff from covid.

The Business Ventilation Fund accepted just 577 applications from across Scotland before it closed, distributing just £981,310 of the £25m announced by Nicola Sturgeon last September. The First Minister had described the funding as “really important” in reducing the spread of covid and making “valuable long-term investments”.

Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Willie Rennie MSP said:

“The SNP Government said it wasn’t recommending chopping the bottom of doors but now we discover it has awarded thousands of pounds for businesses to do exactly that. 

“It seems the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing with this government. 

“The government was rightly mocked for recommending door chopping to schools instead of funding proper air filters. Despite the protestations the government are clearly still wedded to door chopping.

“What makes matters worse is that the SNP Government only spent a fraction of the total funding for businesses. As often is the case this government pays lip service to serious action and is fixated with cranky ideas.”

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