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UK Government supports nearly 900,000 jobs across Scotland

Thursday July 16th, 2020

New figures show the extent of UK Government coronavirus support for Scottish jobs and self-employed people.Scottish Flag

Figures show, until the end of June, nearly 900,000 jobs across Scotland have been supported by the UK Government’s unprecedented package of coronavirus support.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has furloughed 736,500 Scottish workers. This is an increase of more than 100,000 jobs since the end of May. The UK Government has also spent £449 million on supporting 155,000 self-employed people in Scotland through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

The UK Government has pledged to extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until the end of October, with flexible part-time furloughing starting at the beginning of July to support businesses as the economy starts to reopen.

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme has also been extended with those eligible able to claim a second and final grant in August of up to £6,570.

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