Highlands and Islands Jamie Halcro Johnston has highlighted the number of local jobs that are still being supported by the UK Government’s furlough scheme in the Highland council area.
The Scottish Conservative MSP said: “There were estimated to be 8,700 people on furlough in Highland at the end of May which, as you might expect, is a considerable reduction from the end of April when the figure was 14,800. This is an encouraging and welcome sign that, as restrictions ease, some normality is returning for an increasing number of people."
“It is worth reflecting on what a significant contribution this UK Government scheme has made to getting us through the pandemic, clearly highlighting the importance of the United Kingdom pooling its resources to support those who needed help”.
Mr Halcro Johnston, who is also Shadow Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise, added: “The economic priority now, as the furlough scheme draws to a close, is to refocus our energies on recovery and securing jobs and livelihoods for local people.
“That’s what the business community wants to see, and I fully support that. I just hope SNP ministers in Edinburgh recognise that this should be their priority too.”