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Rishi Sunak announced a series of new measures aimed at helping businesses survive and later recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Following criticism from the SNP over his economic recovery plans last month, the Chancellor ensured to dismantle any possible accusation of forgetting about Scotland. During his announcement in Parliament today, Mr Sunak confirmed all new measures, including the extension of the furlough scheme until March 2021, will apply to all four nations of the UK.
Mr Sunak said: “I also want to reassure the people of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
“The furlough scheme was delivered and designed by the Government of the United Kingdom on behalf of all the people of the United Kingdom wherever they live.
“That has been the case since March, it is the case now and will remain the case until next March.
“It is a demonstration of the strength of the Union. And an undeniable truth of this crisis is we have only been able to provide this level of economic support because we are a United Kingdom.”
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The Chancellor also confirmed the Treasury had agreed to add an extra £2 billion to the fund available to devolved administrations.
He continued: “And I can announce today the upfront guarantee funding for the devolved administrations is increasing from £14 billion to £16 billion.
“This Treasury is, has been and will always be the Treasury for the whole of the United Kingdom.”
Mr Sunak said the decision to extend the furlough scheme until next year reiterated the Government’s commitment to protecting jobs and livelihoods through the second wave of the pandemic.
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