SNP MSP Gail Ross has welcomed new figures outlining the scale of Scottish Government funding to tackle the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

As part of £3.8 billion in extra spending to tackle coronavirus, the Scottish Government has committed to a £350 million package of emergency funding for communities to help tackle harms caused by the pandemic.

A new online dashboard, published this week, has outlined the financial support so far allocated to Highland Council.

The Scottish Government funding has included:

  • £1,199,000 from the Food Fund, to support those who would otherwise be unable to access food through the usual routes.
  • £650,417 from the Wellbeing Fund, to support organisations providing important services to people most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • £1,580,742 from the Supporting Communities Fund, for community anchor organisations to help support local responses to the pandemic.
  • £1,052,399 from the Third Sector Resilience Fund, to support third sector organisations that deliver services and products but find themselves in financial difficulties directly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Commenting, SNP MSP Gail Ross said:

“The pandemic has caused enormous pressure on households and communities across Scotland.

“The Scottish Government has provided swift and substantial financial help to households in the Highlands – supporting frontline organisations and access to food.

“We now know that change can happen rapidly – and we must build on that momentum to achieve our long-term goals of reducing poverty and inequality.”

Notes: Community Funding mapping hub is available here: https://community-funding-mapping-1-1-scotgov.hub.arcgis.com/