Action plan needed for Borders high streets

Local politicians are calling on the Scottish Government to set out a plan to rescue high streets in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

They are backing Scottish Conservative calls for a Town Centre Coronavirus Plan to help stop shop closures across Scotland.

Freeman admits testing not enough in Borders’ care homes

The Scottish Health Secretary has admitted that testing so far for care home staff in the Borders ‘is not sufficient’. The concession came as figures reveal only 22 care home staff were tested last week, according to Public Health Scotland.

Almost 13,000 furloughed in Scottish Borders

New figures released by HMRC show almost 13,000 Borderers are having 80% of their wages paid by the UK Government.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was brought in to save jobs which would have been otherwise lost due to lockdown restrictions.

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.