Scotland's Economy

  • Green ports letter to UK Government

    24th March 2021 by

    Trade Minister Ivan McKee has written to Chief Secretary to the Treasury Steve Barclay outlining his disappointment that the joint bidding process for green ports will not be launched ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections. Full text of the letter: Dear Steve, Delivering green ports in Scotland I am disappointed to have received no response...

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  • Green ports update from Trade Minister

    12th March 2021 by

    Trade Minister Ivan McKee has written to Scottish business organisations to update them on work to establish green ports in Scotland. Full text of letter: Dear Colleagues, I wanted to write to you to provide an update on our work to establish green ports in Scotland, and to reassure you of this government’s intent to...

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  • Council tax frozen

    11th March 2021 by

    All 32 local authorities across Scotland have chosen to freeze council tax following a Scottish Government commitment to compensate those who do so. Finance Secretary Kate Forbes said: “With people facing unprecedented challenges and extra pressures, now is a time to work together to provide stability and certainty. “In the budget for the year ahead...

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  • Finance Secretary’s Budget Bill statement

    9th March 2021 by

    Finance Secretary Kate Forbes’ statement opening the Scottish Parliament’s Stage 3 debate on the Budget Bill. Presiding Officer, it is essential that we come together as a Parliament today to agree the 2021-22 Scottish Budget and deliver the certainty and stability that Scotland, its people and its businesses and communities deserve. Throughout this Budget I...

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  • Increasing funding for small accommodation providers

    4th March 2021 by

    Funding to support small accommodation providers impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been expanded. Eligible Bed & Breakfasts, guesthouses, small serviced accommodation providers and other self-catering businesses that pay council tax can now access the new Small Accommodation Providers Paying Council Tax Fund (SAP-CTF). The fund will provide support to eligible businesses who have...

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  • Finance Secretary responds to UK Budget

    3rd March 2021 by

    Responding to the UK Budget, Finance Secretary Kate Forbes said: “In advance of the UK Budget I called for the UK Government to provide meaningful and effective long-term support to businesses and households as we face the next phase of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “While I welcome some of the announcements today, it is clear...

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  • UK Budget must protect Scottish finances

    3rd March 2021 by

    The UK Budget must provide adequate funding for Scotland and respect the devolution settlement, Finance Secretary Kate Forbes has said. The Scottish Government has committed to continuing business support during the next phase of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – including extending non-domestic rates relief for retail, hospitality, leisure and aviation businesses – provided the UK...

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  • Green ports – Scotland’s focus on Fair Work First and net zero

    24th February 2021 by

    Trade Minister Ivan McKee: The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed what we once knew as normal and has made us all think about how we want to live our lives in future. As we rebuild our economy, we have an opportunity to build a fairer, greener, more prosperous and inclusive Scotland that delivers for every...

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  • Brexit barriers facing artists and musicians

    21st February 2021 by

    Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop has requested an urgent meeting with the UK Government to discuss the impact of ending EU free movement on culture and creative sectors. In a letter to the UK Culture Secretary, Ms Hyslop urged the UK Government to negotiate visa-free access for artists and other creative professionals touring and carrying out...

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  • Help needed for Scottish businesses impacted by Brexit

    18th February 2021 by

    Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop has written to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove calling on the UK Government to provide more help for Scottish businesses struggling to trade with the EU post-Brexit. The letter is below: Dear Michael, I understand that, from 1 March, Lord Frost will take over your responsibilities for...

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