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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-16913: Willie Rennie (North East Fife)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 29 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-16560 by Derek Mackay on 21 May 2018, what information it has regarding the average time it takes for local authorities to apply for assistance under the Bellwin Scheme.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 31 May 2018

Local authorities have four months from the date of the incident to submit any interim Bellwin claim to the Scottish Government and 8 months from the date of the incident to submit a final fully audited claim. These dates can be extended with the agreement of Scottish Ministers. The average time is therefore in excess of eight months for any claim to be finally settled which in this case would have been 1 November 2018 at the earliest.