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Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP has called on the UK government to extend the furlough scheme into 2021 – after Germany indicated that it will look to extend its version of the scheme to 24 months.

The UK Tory Chancellor has already cut back on the Job Retention Scheme, with the furlough scheme set to end entirely on 31st October 2020.
Commenting, Roseanna said:
“In the past few weeks alone, we’ve seen chains such as River Island, Boots, WH Smith, Carphone Warehouse, and other well-known names, all announcing widescale job losses that could potentially affect many of my constituents in Perthshire South & Kinross-shire.  With all that going on, a premature end to the furlough scheme in the middle of a global pandemic would be catastrophic to the local economy.

“In European countries like Germany, reports of an extension to their version of the furlough scheme will come as a welcome relief to millions of workers and businesses who are worried about their future.
“Yet in stark contrast, the UK Tory Chancellor at Westminster is choosing to prematurely shut down our furlough scheme and throw thousands of Scottish jobs on the scrap heap.
“The jobs and livelihoods of my constituents are being put on the line. It is time for the UK government to rethink its catastrophic plans to scrap the furlough scheme early and extend the measures into 2021.
“If they continue to refuse, then the Tories should let Holyrood have these powers so Scotland can take the action we need to save jobs.”

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