Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP Murdo Fraser has hailed the UK Government’s job retention scheme for helping to protect thousands of jobs across Fife.
The MSP says it highlights the strength of being part of the United Kingdom during a time of unprecedented crisis and shows that Westminster has provided invaluable support to individuals and businesses throughout Scotland during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The latest figures from HMRC show that a total of 628,200 people across Scotland have been protected by the so-called furlough scheme, with a total of 37,900 protected in Fife alone.
The UK Government has provided further support to businesses and individuals in Scotland through the self-employed scheme, bounce back loans, VAT referrals and increases in welfare support such as Universal Credit, as well as an extra £3.8 billion in support through Barnett Consequential funding.
Commenting, Murdo Fraser MSP, who represents the Mid Scotland and Fife region, said: “These figures from the job retention scheme are absolutely astonishing and highlight the support provided by the UK Government in order to protect thousands of jobs across Fife.
“This crisis has truly shown the strength of being part of the union and the need for a UK-wide response to this unprecedented crisis.
“The job retention scheme from the UK Government scheme has been one of the biggest support schemes from any country in the world and these figures highlight just how many thousands of jobs have been protected over the last few months, including in those in Fife.”
He continued: “The UK Government has also provided further support through the self-employed scheme, bounce back loans, VAT referrals and increases in Universal Credit as well as £3.8 billion worth of extra support through Barnett Consequential funding.
“The UK Government has stepped up and supported businesses and individuals in Fife throughout this crisis, safeguarding jobs, protecting our vulnerable and helping our economy recover in the future.”