Chancellor Rishi Sunak has today announced further measures designed to support businesses forced to close as a result of new Covid restrictions.
At the core of the announcement was an extension to the Job Support Scheme (JSS) to enhance the wages of workers in businesses forced to close. Further enhancements to grant support for businesses in England that need to pull down the shutters was also announced.
Andrew McRae, the Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) Scotland policy chair, said: “The Chancellor has listened to calls from FSB that smaller businesses need additional, targeted support to help them survive new lockdown measures. The extension to the furlough scheme will be a relief to employers and employees alike who have been forced to close by government rules.
“Since Scotland’s first big local lockdown in Aberdeen, we have been clear that a second wave of virus restrictions needs a second wave of support for business. Today’s announcement of grant funding for those taking a hit in England will boost the support pot available in Scotland. The priority here must now be to see how it can best be deployed to protect those forced to close, their suppliers and others who depend on the hospitality sector or night-time economy.”