Budget Update

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

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I have already set out that the health and welfare funds include funding for vaccinations, the bonus for health and social care workers, the winter social plan, free school meals, self-isolation payments and so on.

Separately, I have also confirmed additional funding for local government that was previously announced and is now here, but had not been included in budget revisions to date. We will consider the additional needs of local government. As I said, the contingency fund is to meet needs that are currently uncertain but will probably fall in the new year. I am prepared to use that funding for all eventualities.