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CAS responds to Chancellor's statement on new support for business and workers

Citizens Advice Scotland has responded to the Chancellor’s statement today outlining additional support for businesses and workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

CAS’s Social Justice spokesperson, Mhoraig Green, said: “The detail of how this business support could be made available in Scotland remains to be seen although these are steps in the right direction for some workers.

“By reducing the contributions required by employers and hours worked by employees, the Chancellor has made the Job Support Scheme more accessible to more businesses.

“But for those businesses which have had to shut completely and the workers they used to employ, as well as those who are self-employed and having to rely in significantly reduced government support, this is too little too late.

“The Citizens Advice network across Scotland has seen significant increases in the number of people seeking help with employment and redundancy rights over the past six months. We expect those numbers to continue to go up which is why we will be launching a national campaign next week to help raise awareness of those rights ahead of these expected job losses.”