Wage plan under fire

FM blasts Sunak for cash shortfall in new scheme

Rishi Sunak at Tory conference 2020

Rishi Sunak: new measures

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has criticised Chancellor Rishi Sunak for failing to offer Scotland any further cash to support his new package of measures for businesses.

Employers welcomed the new scheme which will see their contribution to staff wages sharply cut.

But there was also no extra cash for the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to help pay for the extra support.

Ms Sturgeon tweeted: “The Chancellor has told the Scottish Government that today’s announcements won’t deliver any upfront extra cash for Scotland beyond the (welcome) £700m announced recently – & he won’t confirm the range of extra spending (beyond business support) that it’s expected to pay for or for how long.

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