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900,000 jobs supported in Scotland as part of the UK

Nearly 900,000 jobs across Scotland have been supported during the coronavirus crisis as part of the UK, new figures have revealed.

The UK Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has furloughed 736,500 Scottish workers up to the end of June, and an additional 155,000 self-employed Scots have also been supported.

An extra £4.6 billion has been allocated to the Scottish Government for coronavirus funding as a result of the Barnett Formula, and Scotland’s economic share of measures to help economic recovery has been estimated at £1 billion.

Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said:

“Nearly 1 million jobs in Scotland have been supported as a direct result of being part of the UK.

“The safety net of the UK is helping every worker and business during these difficult times.

“But there are tough times ahead so governments must focus relentlessly on economic recovery and our cherished NHS.

“That’s why it’s so important that SNP politicians don’t seek to divide communities once again and instead work to bring people together.”

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