Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 4th January 2021.

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Photo of Willie Rennie Willie Rennie Liberal Democrat

I wish to express my condolences about the sad death of Kay Ullrich.

There will be a price to pay for these measures in mental health, economic wellbeing, health services, inequality and loss of education. However, I agree that evidence supports the return of stricter measures. It would be a tragedy if the NHS was overwhelmed and more lives were lost when the protective coat of the new vaccine is within touching distance for millions of people.

I want to ask about childcare. More people will be back at work—especially as construction and manufacturing continue—compared with the situation in the spring, so what advice does the First Minister have for working parents who are not key workers? What advice, support and childcare will be available for those people? The availability of informal childcare and childminders is much more restricted than is necessary. Therefore, what advice would the First Minister give to affected families to ensure that they have appropriate childcare in place?