Donald Trump’s golf courses in Scotland are in line to get a more than £1 million tax rebate thanks to a government bailout fund for tourism businesses hit by the coronavirus.
According to the Guardian, the U.S. president’s two golf resorts will get emergency funding from the Scottish government’s £2.3 billion business support package, which includes waiving property taxes due this year. The news site said Trump Turnberry had been due to pay £850,766 in property tax this year and Trump Aberdeenshire £121,170.
The local councils that cover the resorts are this week expected to tell the businesses they will no longer have to pay that money as they qualify for 100 percent relief as part of the bailout fund.
Both the Scottish and U.K. governments have set up emergency funds that cover funding the furlough of any staff not able to work because their businesses have closed down because of the virus.
A spokesperson for the Trump Organization, which runs the golf courses and is overseen by the president’s sons Eric and Donald Jr., told the Guardian that the resorts had used coronavirus emergency funding schemes but did not provide details on how much money had been claimed or how many staff were furloughed. The organization also asked for state support from the Irish government for its resort in Doonbeg.
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) May 28, 2020
Eric Trump tweeted late last month that the Scottish courses were to reopen on May 29.