May 20, 2020

The SNP Government’s Business Support Fund has been increased by £40 million to provide additional support for key sectors of the Scottish economy.

This extra funding will be split between the Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund, which has increased by £30 million to £120 million, and the Creative, Tourism & Hospitality Enterprises Hardship Fund,...

May 14, 2020

A quarter of a million packages containing essential supplies have been delivered to people across Scotland facing the highest clinical risks from COVID-19.

The free boxes, which include vital food and toiletries, are dropped off weekly to the homes of people who are shielding.

More than 50,000 individuals have already signed up for the deliveries...

May 14, 2020

More vital Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is being manufactured in Scotland following the establishment of a new NHS Scotland supply chain.

Contracts between NHS Scotland and a number of companies based in Scotland will help strengthen and expand the supply of vital protective gowns in Scotland, securing long-term stock levels. NHS Scotland...

May 14, 2020

North Ayrshire’s Social Care Sector has been allocated an additional £1,339,000 from the SNP Government, to help with the financial impact of the coronavirus. This is part of an initial £50 million across Scotland.

This funding will help address immediate challenges and support ongoing provision of social care.

Health and Social Care Partnerships...

May 8, 2020

The SNP Government has doubled its Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund, which provide grants for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) affected by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, from £45 million to £90 million.

The aim of the fund, which is managed by Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and South of Scotland Enterprise, is to p...

May 8, 2020

The SNP Government has allocated an additional £204,967 to two specialist organisations, to help them support 47,000 people with autism across Scotland during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

£159,920 is to increase capacity in the Scottish Autism Helpline and £45,057 for the National Autistic Society to help people keep in touch online durin...

May 8, 2020

The SNP Government has announced a one-off £75 million increase in funding for Scotland’s universities to protect their world-leading research programmes against the financial impact of COVID-19.

This will help secure the jobs and training needed to support ongoing and future research, meaning institutions can concentrate fully on planning the lo...

May 7, 2020

As part of the Coronavirus (No.2) Bill, legislation which will go before the Scottish Parliament on 13 May, the SNP Government will propose an additional £230.10 payment which will benefit around 83,000 unpaid carers across Scotland, including 2,765 in North Ayrshire.

This £19.2 million investment in Carer’s Allowance Supplement is in recognition...

May 6, 2020

Legislation which allows the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to be simplified and improved post-Brexit passed Stage 1 this week, following a debate in the Scottish Parliament.

The Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill creates powers to enable Scottish Ministers to ensure CAP schemes can continue beyond this year and also modify...

May 6, 2020

Pupils across North Ayrshire will benefit from a further £8.8 million Pupil Equity Funding from the SNP Government over this and next year, taking the total allocation to £22,050,120 since the programme began in 2017.

For the first time, Pupil Equity Fund (PEF) allocations have been confirmed for two years to provide more certainty for head teach...

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