Jardine Calls For Better Communication Between UK and Scottish Governments Over Covid Relief Money

Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has called for clarity on how much of the Covid relief money, allocated by the UK Government, the Scottish Government has spent and how much it is holding back.

This comes after a dispute on Tuesday over whether £375 million, part of an emergency business support announcement, from the UK Treasury to Scotland was new funding.

The UK Government has committed £8.2 billion in Covid-19 support packages to the Scottish Government since the start of the pandemic. As of December 2020, the Scottish Government has allocated only £6.568 billion of it.

Ms Jardine is concerned that poor communication between both governments and political games is leaving Covid support money to “stagnate” and said:

“The Scottish Government needs to be more transparent over why it is not spending Covid relief funding allocated by the UK Government. The public has a right to know what is happening with this money.

“At a time when businesses are facing closure, and the threat of more job losses on the horizon, it would be inexcusable if the SNP is allowing Covid relief money to stagnate rather help those who need it.

“Both governments have an obligation to communicate with each other to protect the Scottish people. The UK government must be clear on how much funding is being provided, and the Scottish Government must be clear on how it is being spent.”

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