11th May 2020

Calling upon the UK Chancellor to extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and reaffirm support for Scotland’s industries and sectors, Dr Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce said:

“As each of the four nations of the UK attempt to resume business operations and economic recovery, the Treasury must reaffirm its commitment to supporting Scotland’s industries and sectors by extending grant support schemes and industry stimulus packages.

“In particular, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme must be extended beyond its current cliff edge. The furlough scheme has helped save millions of jobs in recent weeks and a longer programme of support will be necessary in light of continued restrictions put in place to ensure the spread of the virus is kept to a minimum. Extending the scheme will ensure that there are jobs to go back to as restrictions carefully ease in the coming weeks and months.“

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