Scotland's Economy

  • Support for Islands

    14th November 2020 by

    Islands Minister Paul Wheelhouse discusses support for the Islands

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  • Finance Secretary responds to the Chancellor’s statement

    5th November 2020 by

    Responding to today’s statement by the Chancellor on further coronavirus (COVID-19) support, Finance Secretary Kate Forbes said: “I welcome the Chancellor’s positive, but long overdue, announcement that the Job Retention Scheme will be extended until March 2021. We have repeatedly urged the UK Government to safeguard jobs by guaranteeing that this support will be available...

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  • Parliamentary Statement – BiFab update

    3rd November 2020 by

    Statement given by Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop on Tuesday 3 November 2020:  I welcome the opportunity to address Parliament today on the current position facing BiFab. This Government has shown real commitment to BiFab, and we continue to explore all options to secure a future for the NnG contract in Scotland. I have been clear...

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  • Renewable heat scheme for Scotland’s SMEs

    28th October 2020 by

    A £4 million cashback grant scheme to encourage small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to improve energy efficiency and install renewable heating has been launched by the Scottish Government. SMEs will be able to apply for a 75% cashback grant of up to £10,000 towards the cost of a renewable heating system and a further 30%...

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  • Call for UK Government funding to support restrictions

    21st October 2020 by

    Finance Secretary Kate Forbes has called on the UK Government to provide appropriate funding to support businesses and communities, the wider supply chain and individuals negatively impacted or forced to close due to lockdown restrictions. In a letter to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, Ms Forbes said any support provided to local regions in England that...

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  • Providing certainty to citizens post-Brexit

    16th October 2020 by

    I have written to Kevin Foster, the UK Minister for Future Borders and Immigration, urging the UK Government to accept several amendments from the House of Lords to the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill. These would enable EEA and Swiss citizens to obtain physical proof of their right to live in the...

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  • Joint call for UK Government action on finances

    6th October 2020 by

    Today, my counterparts in Wales, in Northern Ireland and I are making statements to our respective legislatures to set out our collective expectations of the UK Government for enhanced Covid support, fiscal flexibilities, proper involvement of the devolved administrations in the UK Spending Reviews and a fair deal on EU funding. We are doing this...

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  • New consumer network

    29th September 2020 by

    A network to ensure that consumer protection is at the core of Scotland’s economic recovery has been established. Stakeholders from organisations including Advice Direct Scotland, Trading Standards, Citizens Advice Scotland and the Scottish Government will work together to generate improved services, greater value for money and better buying choices for shoppers. The Consumer Network for...

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  • World Tourism Day 2020

    27th September 2020 by

    Rural Economy & Tourism Secretary Fergus Ewing writes about recognising tourism as a positive force on World Tourism Day 2020

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  • Further UK Government action required to support our green recovery

    7th September 2020 by

    Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Secretary Michael Matheson outlines a number of key areas where action is needed urgently, if we are to deliver a green recovery and our shared net-zero ambitions.

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