Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron has welcomed the Spring Budget which provides billions of pounds to support businesses and families through the pandemic, delivers on the Conservatives’ promises it has made to the British people and invests in the UK’s future economy.
The Scottish Conservative MSP said: “Rishi Sunak’s budget rightly prioritises jobs and livelihoods. The extension of the furlough scheme until the end of September clearly demonstrates the commitment of the UK Government to protecting jobs.
“And the continuation of the Universal Credit uplift for a further six months, also represents a significant commitment in continuing to provide support for people during this challenging period. There is some very good news for the Highlands and Islands, particularly the reprofiling of the Argyll Rural Growth Deal from 15 years to 10 years, which will accelerate investment in the area, and assist the drive in securing more jobs."
“And, of course, I am sure our hospitality and tourism businesses, which have been hit so hard, will be pleased that the Chancellor is extending the 5 per cent reduced rate of VAT for a further six months until the end of September."
“Restoring our economy after the ravages of the pandemic will be a huge challenge but the policies announced by Rishi Sunak show that he has the measure of the task and is acting accordingly.”