Perth and North Perthshire MP, Pete Wishart, has said that everybody in Perthshire should ensure that they secure the support they require as the concerns around coronavirus increases. In a week that has seen so many businesses and employees face growing uncertainty, several measures have been put in place. The Perthshire politician says that life is likely to change significantly in the next few weeks as the Government bring in emergency legislation.
Speaking today (19th March), Mr Wishart said:
“This is going to be an increasingly anxious time for all my constituents in Perth and North Perthshire and I am determined that they get the support they require. Both the UK and Scottish Government have outlined a set of measures to support businesses and employees through this crisis and I encourage them to seek out that assistance.
‘Businesses should initially make contact with the Scottish Government Business Team to discuss what options are open to them. They can be contacted by email at BESTCovidHub@gov.scot or by calling 0300 303 0660. The Scottish Government have announced a £2.2 billion package to help businesses during these challenging times. I want to try and convince the UK Government that the loan package that has been introduced becomes grants, as business want to get through this, not become more indebted.
‘Those concerned about their employment or the impact COVID-19 could have on their income should visit www.pkc.gov.uk/bensandcovid19. This page includes advice for the self-employed. I will be continuing to put the case for a new universal income scheme to guarantee a basic income for everyone across Scotland.
‘It is likely that Parliament will be introducing further measures and I will keep constituents informed of any developments. On Monday we will debate the emergency Coronavirus Bill which will include a number of new measures to keep communities safe, protect life and ensure NHS and social care staff are supported to deal with significant extra pressure on the health system.
‘Things are likely to get tough in the next few weeks, but I appeal to everybody in my constituency to look after neighbours and take all necessary measures to keep themselves and others safe. My office will continue to offer advice and I will continue to represent the people of Perth and North Perthshire in Parliament.”