McLeod raises Bellwin compensation at Holyrood

SNP MSP for the South of Scotland Dr Aileen McLeod raised the issue of compensation for Dumfries and Galloway Council following the emergency response to the severe weather in March during General Questions in Holyrood on Thursday.

The move followed the decision by the Scottish Government that the Council’s application for assistance under the Bellwin Scheme was not eligible.

Commenting after Question Time, Dr McLeod said: “I received a very positive response from the Cabinet Secretary for Justice today – there is clearly no lack of willingness on the part of the Scottish Government to assist the region. It was simply unfortunate that the council’s application to the Bellwin Scheme did not meet the criteria.

“The answer I received today made it clear that the Scottish Government will look at other ways of assisting the council to help meet the costs of its emergency response.

“In addition to that, the Government has already made payments totalling £730,000 in payments to farmers who lost stock as a result of the weather and more than half of that has gone to farmers in Dumfries and Galloway.

“Contrary to recent comments from some of my local political colleagues the Scottish Government clearly is committed to helping the region with the costs of the spring snows.”