Friday June 12th 2020
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 Midlothian.
The Scottish Government funding has included:
– £446,000 from the Food Fund, to support those who would otherwise be unable to access food through the usual routes.
– £263,892 from the Wellbeing Fund, to support organisations providing important services to people most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
– £282,911 from the Supporting Communities Fund, for community anchor organisations to help support local responses to the pandemic.
– £328,879 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 Colin Beattie 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 Midlothian – 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.”
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