The comments made by Alister Jack, the Secretary of State for Scotland, on 24 February 2021.
Today’s figures reflect the challenges we continue to face as a result of this global pandemic.
The UK Government has taken quick and decisive action to support jobs and businesses across all parts of the UK. Our £280 billion support package which includes furlough, business loans and self employed schemes have so far protected nearly one million jobs and 100,000 businesses in Scotland.
This direct support is on top of £9.7 billion additional funding provided to the Scottish Government.
We are also taking action to create new jobs and support economic recovery in Scotland. Investing billions as part of our Plan for Jobs, City and Region Deals, a new Shared Prosperity Fund and in the supply of vaccines which are important in lifting restrictions and reopening the economy.
At the budget next week, the Chancellor will set out the next stage of our plan to support and create jobs in all corners of the UK.