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Urgent action needed to protect access to cash

A new report by Which? has revealed that vulnerable people are at risk of having no way to pay for essential services. The consumer group has said that the coronavirus crisis has accelerated the shift to a cashless society.

Citizens Advice receive UK Government funding boost

Citizens Advice Scotland have received a funding boost from the UK Government to help them deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland will receive up to £15m to help them manage the unprecedented rise in demand for help.

Borders MP comments on jobs figures

John Lamont MP has warned of the devastating economic consequences of coronavirus as claimant figures soar in the Borders.

In April, there were 2885 claimants of Universal Credit. This was 1335 higher than in the same month last year.

Annual summer surgery tour called off

Local politicians, John Lamont MP and Rachael Hamilton MSP, have announced that their annual summer surgery tour is cancelled due to COVID-19.

COVID-19 tracing app must be UK wide

Borders politicians are urging the Scottish Government to work collaboratively with the UK Government on developing a ‘track and trace’ Covid-19 app.

Local MP appointed to Scottish Affairs Committee

Borders MP, John Lamont, has been reappointed as a member of the Scottish Affairs Committee.

Mr Lamont previously served on the committee as Deputy Chair between 2017 and the election in December 2019. The committee has not reconvened since.