Edinburgh has now been in some form of enhanced restrictions since 9th October when additional curbs were placed back on hospitality. This has hit hospitality, cultural, leisure and the tourism the most. Whilst there is consensus on the need for measures to safeguard public health there is some real concern that many are getting left behind without adequate economic support.
The UK Government’s furlough and self-employed schemes are a great help to many people. However, many free-lancers, umbrella company employees and company directors have been abandoned by the Government who are refusing to plug the holes in the scheme. There are over 3 million “Excluded”. Similarly, in Scotland the business support grants only go to those businesses who have been forced to close. That means that those industries intimately connected to hospitality such as, the taxi trade, B&Bs and hair and beauty salons have all been left with no customers and no support. They are not going to survive without intervention.
Daniel Johnson and I have written to the First Minister to raise these concerns. You can read our letter here.