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Scale of job retention help made clear

MP Alister Jack

OFFICIAL figures have been published showing the number of jobs in Scotland on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, and the number of people in Scotland supported through the Coronavirus Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. In Dumfries and Galloway, they show 15,400 people on the furlough scheme. Scottish Secretary Alister Jack, MP for Dumfries and Galoway, said: “So far, nearly 800,000 jobs across Scotland have been saved by direct UK Government Coronavirus support. “Through the job retention scheme 628,200 Scottish jobs have been furloughed, and the UK Government has spent £425 million on supporting 146,000 self-employed people in Scotland. People and businesses in Scotland have also benefited from UK-wide schemes such as VAT deferral, company loans and Universal Credit. “In addition, the Scottish Government has been allocated an extra £3.8 billion in Coronavirus funding through the Barnett Formula. “In the South of Scotland as a whole that amounts to more than 28,000 jobs saved. Rural communities such as ours face particular challenges and I'm very pleased that the UK Government has been able to step in. “The UK Government is doing whatever it takes to get Scotland, and the whole of the UK, through the Coronavirus pandemic and ensure our economy can get back on track. This unprecedented package of UK Government support is protecting Scottish jobs and businesses, and will ensure that Scotland's economy can recover for the future.”

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