North Ayrshire Council (NAC) has received an additional £17.313 million from the SNP Government to support local services and tackle the impact of the coronavirus pandemic so far.
The SNP Government has confirmed that NAC will also receive their fair share of a further £184.8 million to be allocated following parliamentary approval.
The extra funding has also been provided to help offset the drop in revenue during the pandemic and brings the overall support package to Scottish local authorities during the pandemic to more than £1 billion.
These figures were published after Scotland’s Finance Secretary, Kate Forbes MSP, announced that businesses, including taxi drivers, travel agents and those working in the hospitality sector, across Scotland will benefit from a new £184.8 million package of targeted coronavirus support.
Kenneth Gibson MSP said:
“The pandemic has put enormous pressure on households, communities and local services right across Scotland, and it’s right that the SNP Government has ensured NAC has more funding to deal with this.
“This boost is supporting access to food, welfare payments and frontline services, and is just one way the SNP is providing to individuals and businesses to protect jobs and incomes.
“I know that NAC officers, third sector workers, community groups and others have been working extremely hard to help people within North Ayrshire’s communities and know they will have made the most of the support received so far.
“The SNP Government is in the process of allocating further funds beyond this. If we all continue to be careful, adhere to restrictions the rules and protect each other, we will beat this pandemic together .”