Argyll furlough help thanks

Donald Cameron MSP Photograph: Wullie Marr

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The UK Government’s furlough scheme is still playing a vital role in protecting jobs and livelihoods in Argyll and Bute, according to Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron.

Mr Cameron, of the opposition Scottish Conservatives, said: ‘The latest figures,to the end of April, show that 4,400 people across Argyll and Bute were still being supported by the furlough scheme.

‘This level of support clearly shows the immense benefits of being able to pool the economic strength and resources of the United Kingdom.

‘We now need to harness that strength to deliver a lasting economic recovery as we emerge from the restrictions caused by the pandemic.

‘Nevertheless, I know many people will be reassured to know the chancellor has committed to maintain the furlough scheme until the end of September, which is a truly unprecedented commitment.’