Edinburgh West MP, Christine Jardine, has welcomed the news that insurers will have to pay out on disputed coronavirus claims following a supreme court ruling.
This means tens of thousands of small businesses will receive insurance payments to cover losses from the first national lockdown in March 2020.
Ms Jardine held an adjournment debate in parliament, last week, calling on the government to pay the postage for small, independent shops to level the playing with the online behemoths.
Following the announcement, Christine Jardine said:
“This is good news for businesses in Edinburgh West who have found themselves let down by the very people upon whom they are supposed to rely.
“Throughout the pandemic, businesses across the country have faced unprecedented financial hardship and increased levels of debt, so this ruling is a small step to restoring confidence.
“We have to make sure now that we do everything now to support them throughout the rest of this crisis. This includes extending furlough at least until June 2021, suspending business rates and admitting that schemes in place for a summer will not be enough the following spring.