The Scottish Government has received an extra £9.7bn in UK Government funding for Covid-19 this financial year, a new report from Audit Scotland has revealed.
This is in addition to UK-wide schemes such as the furlough programme.
Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said:
“The UK’s broad shoulders have helped every part of the country through this crisis.
“Being part of the UK has ensured we can invest huge sums in our health and social care services and support businesses at such a difficult time.
“Had Scotland been a separate country during this pandemic it would have paid a huge premium on its borrowing - and would ultimately be forced to pass that on through deeper spending cuts and higher tax rises.
“This demonstrates why we are stronger together in the UK and can work together to rebuild every part of the country, leaving no community behind.”
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