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

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The First Minister:

Gritting is obviously a responsibility of local authorities—I am not trying to shrug off the question, but it is for local authorities to make sure that they undertake their responsibilities. That applies to Edinburgh and all local authorities. We will make sure that the issue that Miles Briggs raised is drawn to the attention of the City of Edinburgh Council.

Clearly, a different aspect of what we face now is the concurrent risks. One concurrent risk was the end of the Brexit transition period; weather is another. The integrated nature of our planning enables us to seek to address all those risks. Of course, we rely on our partners, who are part of our resilience framework, to make sure that they take seriously those responsibilities, as I know that all councils do.