Economy

Funding

UK Government needs to replace funding for Highland communities

Scotland’s Finance Secretary, finally, received a response from the UK Government regarding replacement funding, lost due to the UK’s exit from the EU. Tory Minister, Steve Barclay stated that, from now, the UK Government will decide on projects and funding. Confirming that Tories, in London, will bypass the Scottish Government and Scotland’s policy priorities. Since …

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scottish national investment

Scottish National Investment Bank: An innovative approach to future investment in Scotland

The newly launched Scottish National Investment Bank provides an eagerly awaited platform for a more innovative approach to future investment in Scotland. It’s not supposed to operate like other banks; for a start, its shareholders are you and me – the Scottish people. With a mission to think differently and independently, it’s the champion of …

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protect jobs

Two simple priorities; protect people, protect jobs

For Government, there should be two simple priorities during this pandemic; the first is to protect people in our communities by preventing the virus from spreading, the second is to protect jobs and livelihoods. Healthy communities need as close to full employment as possible, not just because families need to put food on the table, …

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self-employed

RELEASE: Further financial blow for the self-employed

SNP URGE UK GOV TO PREVENT ANOTHER FINANCIAL HIT FOR THE SELF EMPLOYED The SNP’s Shadow Business Secretary has called on the UK government to immediately announce an extension the suspension of the Minimum Income Floor (MIF) within Universal Credit beyond 13th November to prevent another financial blow for self-employed people during the coronavirus crisis …

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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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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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