“The Scottish Welfare Fund is an important example of the kind of action the SNP has taken to ensure there is additional financial support in place for people in Orkney coping with the economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. “
“when there’s twelve billion pounds available for Serco but the food cupboard is bare – then we must conclude that we are asking the wrong questions of the wrong people.”
£20million from the Scottish Welfare fund is to be used flexibly and £10million to provide free school meals.
“More and more families across Scotland are facing financial hardship, but the SNP Government are failing to provide the direct and immediate support needed. “
Over 14 million already in poverty, 1.6million used food banks last year, and the impact of Brexit is still to come.
“DFID’s leading work on gender inequality is widely praised as being amongst the most impactful in dealing with poverty.”
“I hope that in the understandable and necessary preoccupation with what is immediately affecting us we do not forget others. “
For the first quarter of 2020 retail sales show a decline of -1.1% in Scotland.
This is a time for examining the tourism sector much more closely than ever before. Change is required.
“It will be of paramount importance in the coming weeks that those in need apply for Universal Credit and access the Scottish Welfare Fund via their local authority.”