MSP welcome for Chancellor’s visit to Bute

Highlands and Islands Regional MSP Donald Cameron has warmly welcomed the visit of the Chancellor of the Exchequer to Bute.

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak MP, visited the island as part of a visit to Scotland, following news that 65,000 Scottish businesses have been supported through UK Government-supported loan schemes worth a total of £2.3 billion.

In addition to this, around 68,700 jobs have been protected through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme across the Highlands and Islands Region, and 18,000 self-employed workers have received financial support across the region. 

Donald Cameron MSP said: “I’m very pleased that Rishi Sunak has taken the time to visit a community in the Highlands and Islands region.

“All parts of the UK are benefiting from the extraordinary levels of financial support provided by the UK Government, but as we are a diverse country it is important that policy-makers get out and about and learn about the distinctive challenges facing our communities.

“I know that the Chancellor will be particularly interested in Argyll and Bute’s Rural Growth Deal to which he has committed £25m on behalf of the UK Government.

“It’s never been more important for both the UK and Scottish Governments to work together as we plan a route out of the pandemic which safeguards the economic prospects of areas like Argyll and Bute.”