Northern Isles Parliamentarians challenge Ministers to consider all lockdown approaches

Northern Isles Parliamentarians have called on Scottish Ministers to fully consider and openly engage with all potential approaches to easing lockdown restrictions, following further statements by Professor Hugh Pennington of the University of Aberdeen before the Scottish Parliament’s Health Committee today (Tuesday).

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McArthur urges Ministers to redouble efforts to address supply chain issues

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has today (Friday) urged the Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing to do more to address ongoing supply chain issues affecting island wholesalers.  

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McArthur presses government on remote justice

Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has challenged the Justice Secretary, Humza Yousaf to ensure greater use is made of technology and other measures to enable more court business to be undertaken, particularly in the interests of those in remote communities across Scotland.

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McArthur presses government on remote justice

Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has challenged the Justice Secretary, Humza Yousaf to ensure greater use is made of technology and other measures to enable more court business to be undertaken, particularly in the interests of those in remote communities across Scotland.

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McArthur repeats calls for support for home-based businesses

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has today (Friday) repeated calls for the Scottish Government to ensure that more businesses are able to access urgent financial support during the Coronavirus outbreak.

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Coronavirus: Latest Information and Advice- 15.04.20

BUSINESS SUPPORT EXTENSION

The Scottish grant scheme was extended today. Previously, the criteria for the Business Support Scheme limited businesses to making a single application.  This was at odds with the way in which the Scheme has been operating in England and Wales, where businesses have been able to apply for support for each premises registered to pay business rates. 

I wrote to the Finance Secretary, highlighting the disproportionate impact the restriction was having on businesses in Orkney, many of whom operate from a number of different properties in the county and elsewhere. 

Now, in addition to 100% grants for the first property for a business, 75% grants will be available for subsequent properties. Applications will be open for this on 5th of May, and more details will be available soon. 

The Scottish Government has announced further support for newly self-employed people and businesses who do not qualify for other Scottish Government and UK Government schemes. This support will be channelled via local authorities, and applications will be open by the end of April.

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McArthur welcomes new support measures for local businesses

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has today (Wednesday) welcomed new measures that will extend the Small Business Grant Scheme to allow businesses with multiple premises to receive financial support for each of those premises.

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McArthur seeks clarification about localised approach to tackling coronavirus

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has today (Tuesday) sought clarification from Ministers about what consideration the Scottish Government has given to a more localised approach in tackling the spread of Coronavirus.

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McArthur seeks clarification about localised approach to tackling coronavirus

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has today (Tuesday) sought clarification from Ministers about what consideration the Scottish Government has given to a more localised approach in tackling the spread of Coronavirus.

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McArthur calls for locals to act responsibly when taking daily exercise

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has today urged the public to act responsibly when taking exercise.  The call follows concerns raised by farmers that too often access code rules are not being followed or, worse still, that government advice around the spread of Covid-19 is being ignored.

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