Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 22nd December 2020.

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Photo of Jackie Baillie Jackie Baillie Labour

Hospitality and tourism businesses in my constituency and across Scotland face huge bills in January, including for payment for self-assessment, deferred VAT or national insurance and pension contributions for staff who are currently on furlough. Further, those businesses will have no income over the next three weeks, which is normally their busiest period. They are saying that they need greater support from the Scottish and UK Governments, and that they need it now. Will the First Minister adopt a targeted approach and increase the help that is being provided?