Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid has welcomed a multi-million-pound funding package to help keep charities in Scotland afloat through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the new measures on Wednesday, which include£30m for the Scottish Government to distribute north of the border.
This is in addition to the £2.7bn already allocated to Scotland to fight the Coronavirus and a further £330bn of UK-backed loans to support businesses and households across the country.
Many charities were facing collapse, with income shrinking due to enforced shop closures.
Commenting on the announcement, Mr Duguid said
Charities do a tremendous amount of work in local communities up and down the country.
This generous funding package from the UK Government includes £30m specifically for the Scottish Government to support the army of volunteers helping those in need.
I know here in Banff and Buchan, there are charitable groups that will be struggling at the moment. Hopefully this will help to keep them afloat until we can get back to something approaching normality .
The UK Government has already taken unprecedented action to help prop up our economy through this crisis.
These are challenging times for all of us.
But we all must remember to heed the government advice to stay at home, protect our NHS and save lives. We will get through it, but only if we all continue to do our bit.