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Urgent action needed to protect jobs from 'perfect storm' of new restrictions as furlough ends

Responding to the First Minister’s statement today, Citizens Advice Scotland Chief Executive Derek Mitchell said:

“While the Scottish Government will certainly not have taken today’s decision lightly, there is a real risk to jobs in Scotland’s hospitality sector in particular.

“With furlough ending at the end of the month, it’s right that the Scottish Government has signalled intent to work with at-risk sectors to mitigate job losses as a result of these measures.

“We’d urge all involved to work to deliver these solutions urgently. People across the country are dealing with huge economic uncertainty as a result of the pandemic, and facing a perfect storm as furlough ends while some restrictions return.

“The two week shut down of hospitality points to the need for the UK Government to better target future job and income support towards sectors which cannot safely operate while we work to keep the infection under control.

“Through this pandemic, the Citizens Advice network has been here to help those who need advice through these uncertain times, and will continue to do so.”