Spending to deal with the coronavirus crisis in Scotland has reached more than £4 billion, the Scottish Government’s latest figures show.
A summer budget revision was published on Wednesday, setting out the financial details of ministers’ response to the emergency.
The bulk of the money comes from a £3.5 billion rise in the Scottish Government’s block grant as a consequential result of the UK Government’s increased Covid-19 spending.
The increase is offset by the decision to reduce business rates, so the Scottish Government’s overall budget for the 2020-21 financial year will rise from £49.25 billion to £52.03 billion.
Of the £4.01 billion in spending, £2.03 billion is going towards support for businesses.
Finance Secretary Kate Forbes said: “These figures demonstrate the scale and breadth of our response to this unprecedented situation, with support extending into most aspects of Scottish life and every part of our country.
“I must stress that this is a snapshot of spending to date. The situation is still developing and further action will be required.
“We have very limited room for manoeuvre within our own budget, which is why I will continue to make the case to the UK Government for an increase in both funding and flexibility to allow the Scottish Government to respond fully to this crisis.”
She added: “Significant budget challenges lie ahead and work is under way to ensure that Scottish Government resources are targeted at stimulating a safe, swift and sustainable recovery for our public services and our economy.
“We have produced this additional budget revision to provide complete transparency about how our Covid-19 response funding is being spent and where it is coming from.
“It will be many months before a full picture emerges and a further update on the funding position will be provided in the autumn.”