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Scottish Government helps to stave off the crisis - National Trust for Scotland

We’re offering our profound thanks to the Scottish Government after it announced financial support that will help us avoid the feared worst-case scenario arising from COVID-19 and will save 197 jobs.

As a result of lockdown and subsequent restrictions, our conservation charity, which protects and cares for such iconic places as Glencoe, Culloden Battlefield, Mar Lodge Estate and Culzean Castle, has lost almost £30 million – half our expected income. We were poised to enact emergency measures that included making 429 staff redundant as well as delaying the reopening of some of the heritage properties in our care until 2021 or 2022.

The Scottish Government announced that it has offered a total of £3.8 million of financial support. This will be used to help underpin a new, resilient operating model for the Trust, which will allow us to survive short-to-medium-term issues, such as a prolonged national economic recovery and further COVID-19 spikes. The support also enables the Trust to reduce redundancies to the minimum possible, and open (or partially open) more properties than originally suggested.

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Posted On: 17/08/2020

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