Budget Update

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 9th December 2020.

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Photo of Kate Forbes Kate Forbes Scottish National Party

Throughout the pandemic we have tried to take decisions based not only on assessment of the public health issues that are presented by Covid-19, but on judgments around the social and economic harms, too.

That is reflected in a number of our interventions so far, which have included packages of support for business and welfare. One of the first announcements that we made, as soon as a case of Covid was found, was the £350 million for welfare support through local authorities.

I can assure Stuart McMillan that I will take that line of thinking into the budget, including in my dialogue with partners in local government. A range of uncertainties, challenges and financial constraints exist and will impact on the budget, but we will do all that we can to help businesses through those exceptional, difficult times and try and provide as much support as we can. If any member, including Stuart McMillan, has specific ideas that they want me to consider, I am always happy to meet them.