Date lodged: 5 December 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what meetings ministers have had with (a) businesses and (b) Glasgow City Council since the 2018 fire at the Glasgow School of Art.
Answered by: Derek Mackay 14 December 2018
On 22 October I had a productive meeting with several businesses from the Sauchiehall Street area discuss the challenges they faced following the Fire at Glasgow School of Art.
On 26 October I met with the Leader and Chief Executive of Glasgow City Council to discuss the issues facing Sauchiehall Street following the fires at Glasgow School of Art and near Victoria's Nightclub.
Following those meetings, I announced that I would make the remaining £1.85m of the Glasgow Fire Recovery Fund available to Glasgow City Council to support business recovery. This sum will allow the Council to effectively give businesses a rates holiday from the start of the new year. I also announced £150k of support for the Centre for Contemporary Arts to promote recovery of the CCA itself as well as businesses within it.