Support for the self-employed only in Scotland

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Hearing today a local business-owner moaning and having to be reminded of two sizable grants they’d had and the fact that their staff were furloughed at the taxpayer’s expense, I had a dig around for news which I feel sure Reporting Scotland have neglected to keep us informed of.

On 9th December, Finance Secretary Kate Forbes announced additional funding for the ‘newly self-employed hardship fund.’ This had been first announced in August as an attempt to help those who were ineligible for UK support.

I can find no sign of BBC Scotland broadcasting this.

Also, in June, the SNP Government announced The Bed and Breakfasts Hardship Fund (B&BHF), managed by Local Authorities, providing £3,000 grants for Bed and Breakfasts and Small Serviced Accommodation who were facing hardship but ineligible for other support as they were operating under a personal bank account.

So, even by August:

These funds have supported 4,023 businesses and 5,602 self-employed people, with close to £160m in funding. This is almost £60m more than the initial funding allocation at launch of £100m.

Support of this kind was not available anywhere else in the UK.

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-hardship-and-resilience-funds-statistics/

4 thoughts on “Support for the self-employed only in Scotland”

  1. Keep up the good work! Just a pity you are no longer passing on your skill to the many journalists/ media souls who glibly peddle at such a superficial level. J&M Wishart

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  2. LETS ALL BOMBARD THE GREAT SCOTTISH TV BROADCASTERS
    STV AND BBC
    TELLING THEM TO GET THEIR FACTS RIGHT
    WATS THE CHANCE OF THESE TWO so called SCOTTISH TV
    ENGLISH OWNED COMPANIES TELLING THE TRUTH TO
    TO SCOTTISH PEOPLE WHO WANT FREEDOM FROM A DICTATORSHIP

    ONLY TO GET THEIR BULLDOGS BITING US

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  3. Baron Ffoulksakia alleges BBC bias.

    He is, of course, entirely correct–the BBC is absolutely biased against the SNP, the YES movement and the Scottish government.

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