AN initial fund of £3.4 million will help social care services in Fife deal with the financial implications of coronavirus.

The money is part of a £50 million package for the sector from the Scottish Government and will help address immediate challenges and support ongoing care.

Cowdenbeath MSP Annabelle Ewing said: "The social care sector is at the frontline of the current pandemic and will inevitably face additional costs.

“This funding demonstrates the Scottish Government’s commitment to social care – and will ensure that any increasing need for social care as a result of the pandemic is met.

“I’m sure I speak on behalf of everyone in my Cowdenbeath constituency when I share my gratitude towards those working in social care, and all of our frontline key workers, who are doing vital work in the most difficult of circumstances.”

Health and social care partnerships across Scotland have put in place mobilisation plans to ensure the health and social care system is as well placed as possible to address the COVID-19 pandemic.