Check If You Qualify

Scottish Businesses ‘Need More Support if Restrictions Will Continue’

Sharon McDougall - 18th June 2021 - 2 minutes to read

Scottish businesses will need more financial support if the current coronavirus restrictions are to stay in place beyond the end of June.

That’s according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), whose Scotland policy chair Andrew McRae has warned that delaying the unlocking of the economy could have major consequences for employers across the country.

“Hospitality and tourism firms face further weeks of restrictions which make it difficult to cover their overheads, never mind pay down their debts,” he said.

“We must remember that nightclubs, softplay centres and much of the events industry remain unable to trade at all.”

Speaking in Edinburgh in recent days, first minister Nicola Sturgeon said it is now “likely” that Scotland will maintain the Covid restrictions that are currently in place beyond June 28th.

A further easing of restrictions at the end of June has not been ruled out yet but a three-week delay to that unlocking is now expected to be necessary, with the aim being to allow more time for the ongoing vaccination programme to take effect.

A delay of three weeks from June 28th would put the plan for Scotland’s unlocking onto the same schedule as that being implemented south of the border in England.

“Given the current situation and the need to get more people fully vaccinated before we ease up further, it is reasonable - I think - to indicate now that it is unlikely that any part of the country will move down a level from June 28th,” the first minister told MSPs in Holyrood.

“Instead, it is more likely that we will opt to maintain restrictions for a further three weeks from June 28th and use that time to vaccinate, with both doses, as many more people as possible,” she said.

For its part, the FSB is concerned that the unlocking will be delayed and that thousands of Scottish businesses will be badly impacted financially in ways that could be potentially disastrous for them and their employees.

“The bare minimum FSB expects is for state support to be proportionate to the scale of the restrictions,” said Mr McRae from the FSB.

“It would be unforgivable if governments in Edinburgh and London wound down the help on offer for firms while prolonging their difficulties.”

If you live anywhere in Scotland and you are struggling to cope with your personal debt problems then Scotland Debt Solutions can help. Contact us directly to arrange a FREE and confidential consultation.

facebook colour icon twitter colour icon linkedin colour icon messenger colour icon whatsapp colour icon email colour icon
Sharon McDougall Square

Sharon McDougall


Other News

Debt Levels Soaring across Scotland, New Figures Show Debt Level Rising

Debt Levels Soaring across Scotland, New Figures Show

Levels of unsecured debt in Scotland increased dramatically during 2022 as the cost of living crisis took its toll on household finances.

Nearly Half a Million Scots Facing ‘Profound Financial Hardship’ Financial Hardship

Nearly Half a Million Scots Facing ‘Profound Financial Hardship’

Close to half a million Scots are in a position of profound financial hardship, according to a new set of figures.

Scots with Disabilities Urged to Check Eligibility for New Benefits Scottish Man In Wheelchair

Scots with Disabilities Urged to Check Eligibility for New Benefits

Disabled people in Scotland are being urged by the government to check whether they might be eligible for benefits that could help make their life a little easier.


Why Choose Us

Usp Location

5 Offices in Scotland

National Coverage

Usp House

Ask us About

Home Visits

Usp Hand Heart

Helping Scots Get

Out of Debt Since 1989

Usp Handshake

We offer an

Instant Initial Consultation

Usp Palm Wallet

We'll Help You

Lower Monthly Payments

Usp Hand Heart


Out of Debt Since 1989

We'll give you a call

Our Scottish based team can help advise you on your debt problems.

Here at Scotland Debt Solutions we take your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information to contact you with regards to your enquiry. We will not use your information for marketing purposes. See our Privacy Policy.


Useful tools

Personalised Debt Report
Usp Planner

Personalised Debt Report

Our personalised debt report will help you better understand your financial position and see where your money is going.

Debt Report
Instant Scheduled Call & WhatsApp

Instant Scheduled Call & WhatsApp

Arrange a call with an expert advisor at a time to suit you or contact our team via WhatsApp for immediate help and advice.

Arrange Callback
Find a Local Office
Usp Signpost

Find a Local Office

We have five offices located across Scotland. Find your nearest one here.

Find an Office

Our Insolvency Practitioners are regulated by ICAS or the IPA and our firm is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

Fees and Information: There are fees associated with our services. These will be fully explained before entering into any of the personal debt solutions referred to on this website. Full details of our fees and how these are charged are fully explained to you prior to you committing to any particular service.

ICAS Insolvency Practitioners