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Virus will hit workers in rural areas harder, say business leaders

2 monthes ago   |   By Press and Journal

Business groups have voiced concerns over the disproportionate impact the coronavirus will have on rural communities because more of their workers are self-employed.
There are 330,000 self-employed workers in Scotland, amounting to 5.9% of the population, but figures from the Federation of Small Businesses show the ratio is far higher in rural areas.
This includes 7.1% in Highland, 7.3% in Aberdeenshire, 8.2 % in the Western Isles and 8.4% in Moray.
The Chancellor pledged to help self-employed people whose income has dropped or disappeared during covid-19, offering 80% of profits up to a...
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