MORE than 250 businesses across West Dunbartonshire are still waiting for emergency funding to help them through the coronavirus pandemic, according to Scottish Government figures.

Statistics published earlier this month showed that 262 businesses in the area had asked for financial support, but had yet to find out whether their applications had been successful.

A government spokeswoman said: “Our total support for Scottish business now stands at £2.3 billion, and we are also investing £2 million to support the recovery of town centres.

“We will continue to do everything we can to support employers and employees and to prepare for recovery when it is safe to reopen the economy.”

Conservative West of Scotland MSP Maurice Corry said: “This is an absolutely critical time for businesses in West Dunbartonshire, but it looks as though the SNP have abandoned them.

“This could be the difference between many surviving or not.”