Furlough confusion “No way to build national unity” – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has expressed concern over ongoing confusion on the future extension to the furlough scheme. Mr Carmichael responded after contradictory reports from the Prime Minister and other government officials on whether the devolved governments would be able to access furlough support if further lockdowns were needed.

Mr Carmichael said:

“Rumours abound that the Treasury have squashed the Prime Minister’s commitment on the furlough scheme. Some in government know the price of everything and the value of nothing but this is no way to build national unity in a time of crisis.

“Some will look for any excuse to sow division when we need unity but this inept political response by the Tories just makes that division easier. When support for businesses and livelihoods becomes a political football then we all suffer for it.

“Scottish workers will rely on the furlough scheme just as much as those in England should there be another lockdown. The government must extend its support to include the devolved administrations. In uncertain times we do not need to add to the uncertainty.”

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