Month: October 2020

bounce back loan scheme

RELEASE: Action needed on bounce back loan scheme to protect businesses

Following a new report, the SNP has renewed calls for the Treasury to protect thousands of jobs and businesses from going under by turning its Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) into grants or equity – as well as writing off repayments for struggling firms. It comes after the National Audit Office (NAO) highlighted in its report …

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serious on tackling poverty

RELEASE: Tory Government needs to get serious on tackling poverty

UK GOVERNMENT MUST MATCH HOLYROOD’S EFFORTS, NEW REPORT SHOWS To mark the beginning of Challenge Poverty Week, local MP Drew Hendry has renewed calls on the UK Government to get serious on tackling poverty and make the COVID Universal Credit increase permanent and extend it to legacy benefits. Mr Hendry’s calls follow a new report …

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abdicating its responsibilities

MP criticises Tory Government for “abdicating its responsibilities”

NEARLY HALF A MILLION JOB LOSSES PLANNED SINCE MARCH The Tory government has been criticised for “abdicating its responsibilities” to workers and households at this critical time after new findings revealed that nearly half a million job losses have been planned by employers since the coronavirus crisis began. Figures showed that employers in August alone planned …

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Bank Closures: a low blow to communities still trying to cope with COVID

What are people to make of the banks? The TSB’s announcement that it intends to close 73 branches, including Nairn and Grantown-on-Spey, is a low blow to communities still trying to cope with COVID. They offered the excuse that ‘consumer habits are changing’ and they must respond – yes its that old chestnut again. Over …

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business leaders

MP welcomes business leaders confidence in an independent Scotland

BUSINESS LEADERS CONFIDENT IN SCOTLAND’S FUTURE AS AN INDEPENDENT COUNTRY A new study has found that business leaders across the UK are confident that their companies would thrive in an independent Scotland. The Ipsos MORI survey, which interviewed 102 British business leaders between February and July discovered “little resistance” to the concept of an independent …

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