Thousands of Midlothian jobs still protected by furlough scheme

Provisional figures from the end of February show that 6700 local jobs in Midlothian are still protected by the UK Government.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 10:12 am
Stock photo of Conservatives candidate Iain Whyte.
Stock photo of Conservatives candidate Iain Whyte.

The scheme, which was first introduced as the pandemic struck in March 2020, helped to protect 16,000 jobs across Midlothian at it’s peak, along with helping 157,000 Scots through the self-employed support scheme.

Commenting on the figures, Iain Whyte, Scottish Conservative candidate for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, said: “At every turn during the Covid crisis, the UK Government has stepped up to protect jobs and livelihoods in Midlothian.

"That support has been invaluable for individuals and businesses. I am fully committed to focusing on our economic recovery and rebuilding business in our communities.”

He added: "That’s in stark contrast to the SNP who only want to take us back to the politics of division and another referendum.

“Only a vote for me and the Scottish Conservatives in Midlothian and the Lothian Region can stop an SNP majority and focus on local jobs and livelihoods.”